Steam locomotive 1466 leaves Didcot Railway Centre

Credit: Didcot Railway Centre

The Didcot Railway Centre has announced that 14XX class 0-4-2 tank engine No 1466 has left the museum.

The locomotive left the centre on Monday 3rd December for overhaul at Western Steam Engineering, operated by Ed Freeman.

The aim is to complete the overhaul in time for the Great Western Society’s 60th anniversary in 2021.

1466 was the first locomotive purchased by the fledgling Great Western Society.

The loco was transported to Lydney on the Dean Forest Railway, where Western Steam Engineering is located.

The cost of the overhaul is estimated at around £300,000, of which £190,000 is currently in the fund. The shortfall of £110,000 is to be raised over the duration of the overhaul.

If you would like to contribute to the overhaul of this lovely locomotive, please send a cheque made out to the ‘Great Western Society 1466 Fund’ to Richard Croucher at Didcot Railway Centre, Didcot, OX11 7NJ.

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  • Don’t forget, if you are a UK taxpayer, to provide Richard Croucher with a Gift Aid declaration as the fund gets 25% more money from HMRC at no cost to you! I think if you go to the Didcot Railway Centre website, you can find how to do this.