Over the last few months, the Midland Railway Trust board has been working behind the scenes to secure the future of the Midland Railway – Butterley and set up a more sustainable business.
Part of this work has now been announced, with the signing of a contract with Ian Riley & Son Ltd for the overhaul of ‘3F’ Jinty No. 16440 (47357).
An overhaul of the frames will be carried out by Ian Riley & Son Ltd in Heywood, and is expected to be complete within six months. As many readers will know, Ian Riley & Son Ltd completed the overhaul of world-famous locomotive ‘Flying Scotsman‘ and operate it on the mainline for the National Railway Museum.
The frames have been transported this week to Heywood and have now entered the Riley & Son workshop.
This work will see the frames return as a rolling chassis, and will then allow the boiler, which is currently at the North Norfolk Railway, to be used. The locomotive can then enter the final stages of its overhaul.
Workshop volunteers will be concentrating on preparing the cab, tanks, bunker and boiler cladding so that it is ready for refitting when the time comes.
Other parts will go to contractors to speed up the restoration and will give the MR – B an operational Jinty once more.
The Midland Railway – Butterley has also announced that the Jinty will be outshopped as 16440 in LMS Lined Maroon with LMS crest livery, which is carried in the early days of the MRT.
The MRT Board has also thanked Reid Freight Services Ltd for the movement of the parts to Heywood.
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