Mid-Hants ‘S15’ ready for comeback after almost two decades on the sidelines


URIE Locomotive Society-owned ‘S15’ No. 506 has steamed at the Mid-Hants Railway ahead of an imminent return to service. 

The Eastleigh-built 4-6-0 last ran in 2001, and since then has received extensive boiler repairs along with a comprehensive bottom-end overhaul. 

This work has included the removal and replacement of the front bufferbeam, and attention to corroded areas between the frames and the cylinder blocks.

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Resplendent in Southern unlined black with ‘sunshine’ lettering, No. 506 stands in light steam at Ropley on May 16 while final work was carried out to prepare the 1920-built loco for a test run. KEN LIVERMORE

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