Ex-GWR 7812 Erlestoke Manor moved closer to returning to steam at the start of May, when, after repair work at Tyseley Locomotive Works, the boiler was filled with water for the first time since being withdrawn in 2017.
It is now expected that 7812 will return to the Severn Valley Railway later in 2021.
Terry Jenkins, Trustee leading the project for the Erlestoke Manor Fund, added “The safety valves & clacks remain to be fitted shortly and the boiler will then be hydraulic tested. That will be followed by steam testing before refitting to the frames. The new ashpan has also arrived at Tyseley”.
The Sales Coach at Bewdley station on the Severn Valley Railway continued to bring in vital income for the fund.
During the last lockdown, the funding coach was painted inside, received new signs and revamped for better accessibility.
Dave Kilner, Shop Manager, comments “ Needs must and, when we had to be closed, one of our volunteers took on the task of maintaining as much retail income for the Fund as possible. It proved really successful and our thanks go to all the volunteers who have brought us through to the reopening.”
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