ONE of the last steam locomotives to work commercially in the UK – Hunslet ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST No. S134 Wheldale – is on the steam comeback thanks to the fundraising efforts of the locomotive’s support group.
The Friends of Wheldale has raised in excess of £130,000 towards the cost of overhauling the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway loco, which is expected to cost well over £200,000 to complete.
However, the funds from the Friends will cover the cost of the bottom-end overhaul at the Statfold Barn Railway, and on June 6 a sorry-looking Wheldale was moved from open-air storage at Bolton Abbey, and taken to Embsay, where the overhaul has begun.
Read more in the September 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!