An update on steam locomotive No.80097

80097
Credit: Liam Barnes Photography

The Bury Standard 4 Group has released an update on the restoration of 80097, which is now nearing completion.

During the weekend of 5th / 6th January, more work continued on the locomotive. This included adjusting the springs, resealing the chimney, fitting felt dust pads and rewelding on the rear step brackets.

A loaded test run was planned for the 11th January, but during the warm-up runs, the locomotive was found to have a hot crosshead slider. This was fixed on Saturday 12 January 2019 and on Sunday 13th January, the locomotive was running to Ramsbottom again.

On Friday 18th January, 80097 undertook a loaded test, successfully hauling a ‘Peak’ diesel locomotive.

This gave the locomotive the go-ahead for trials in traffic and on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January 2019, she top and tailed service trains with GWR 4270.

80097 will now go back into the Bury Standard 4 Group’s workshop to be fully painted, ready for the official launch at the East Lancashire Railway’s Spring Steam Gala on the 8th – 10th March 2019.

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Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

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