Steam locomotive 9466 currently on loan to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway has been cleaned and prepared for departure from Toddington.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway do not need Ex-BR (WR) Hawksworth Pannier Tank 9466 for the loan period.
9466 has therefore been offered for hire to other heritage railways by its owner, Jonathan Jones Pratt.
Jonathan Jones Pratt has told RailAdvent that four railways are currently interested in the hire of the locomotive, with talks continuing.
No railway has been confirmed yet that 9466 will be loaned to.
Jonathan Jones Pratt told RailAdvent: “2020 has been difficult as an engine owner, having to understand change as we have worked through C-19 and the challenges of working out the other side (we hope). The GWSR have too many engines right now and the joint decision was made to remove the engine from the site, I know the 94 has gone down very well and performed 100% for the GWSR in her time there, we have been very thank full to Ben Evason (GWSR) who has led the team getting 9466 ready for her move in due course, the photos received of her sat in the sun shows what our flag ship engine means to the Railway and I am proud to be maintaining Dennis Howls legacy. No doubt wherever she will end up now she will be loved and enjoyed – the family is very much looking forward to having a ride with the old girl again too!”
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