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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Restoration workshop - 18 June 2013

Today I visited a workshop where two 2ft gauge locomotives are undergoing restoration. This is a private site associated with an industrial premises, and its location cannot be disclosed publicly.

The first locomotive is a Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT built in 1916 and marketed by Robert Hudson. It spent 43 years upside down in a river in Ghana before being salvaged. Its new boiler should be on the frames in the next couple of months.

The cab is ready to be attached once the new boiler is ftted. 

All motion parts have been made from new.
The second is a 1916 Hunslet 4-6-0T that was brought back from Australia by the War Office Locomotive Society. It was used by British Imperial troops in France in World War 1 before undergoing a very hard life at a couple of Queensland sugar mills. This locomotive also needs a new boiler and restoration is continuing as funds permit.
The locomotive has been stripped right down and the frame is being worked on.

The smokebox saddle casting was broken but it has now been expertly repaired.
The return to service of these two locomotives will be a tremendous achivement. Once completed, both are expected to be based at the Apedale Valley Railway.

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