The Wensleydale Railway has announced that a private individual has purchased a locomotive, Class 31/4 No.31454, which following an overhaul, will join the line’s home fleet of engines.
Although looking to be in a poor state, the locomotive is in good condition overall.
Once COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted and locomotive maintenance staff can return, work will begin on overhauling the engine, with the aim of trying to complete 31454 ready for passenger service later this year.
One of the main benefits 31454 features being a 31/4 is electric train heating, allowing the locomotive to heat passenger trains, essential for winter train services.
All going well, 31454 can hopefully be ready to heat Polar Express trains run by the railway.
Supporting the Wensleydale Railway
The COVID-19 caused lockdown has forced the railway to close, meaning no income can be earned to pay essential bills. The Emergency Coronavirus Match Fund Appeal has been launched, with all donations made by the public being matched by a supporter of the line. For more information or to support the Wensleydale Railway, please click here.
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