RESTORATION to steam of ex-Eastwell Iron Ore Quarries 3ft-gauge Avonside 0-6-0T Nancy (1547/1908) has been completed.
Alan Keef Ltd was racing to complete Nancy and dispatch it back to the Cavan & Leitrim Railway (C&LR) in Ireland before Britain exited the EU (RM Nov 2018). The locomotive hadn’t steamed since entering preservation in 1972.
Nancy left Keef’s works following test-steaming on March 23 and arrived in Ireland (via Holyhead) on March 28, carrying a headboard proclaiming her as ‘The Brexit Express’!
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Arrival at C&LR’s Dromod base on March 29 (the date originally anticipated for Brexit) also meant she arrived in time for the 60th anniversary of the Cavan & Leitrim Railway’s closure on March 30, 1959. Nancy arrived at Keef’s in 1997 and £160,000 has been raised from donations – and spent – over the ensuing 20 years.
Rebuilding has included a new boiler, cab, smokebox, water tanks and coal bunker, together with extensive restoration of the frames, wheels and cylinders.
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