Locomotive boiler to be given overhaul thanks to Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust
A locomotive boiler will be given a major overhaul in the effort to get it back to working order.
Locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall’s boiler was sent to Northern Steam Engineering in Stockton yesterday.
It is part of work to get the Great Western Railway locomotive back to steam.
The work has been made possible by the Friends of Locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall, in association with the Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust.
The work on the overhaul will begin immediately to allow completion by summer 2019.
Paul Hobson, spokesman for the friends group, said: “This is an exciting development in our quest to return Hagley Hall to steam, and we would like to acknowledge the financial support we have received both from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and also from our loyal group of 4,930 supporters.
"Many of these people have been regularly contributing funds to the restoration appeal in recent years, in anticipation of a return to active service of the SVR’s former flagship locomotive.”
The Charitable Trust’s director Shelagh Paterson said: “This announcement shows that the restoration project is progressing well.
"Alongside this development, we are delighted that the new cylinders for 4930 are about to be cast. These two schemes are clear evidence that Hagley Hall’s return to front line duties on the Severn Valley Railway is well under way.”