Sponsor ‘Clun’s’ return and be on its first train


TYSELEY Locomotive Works is offering people the opportunity to secure early-seat bookings on the first trains worked by its flagship Collett 4-6-0 No. 7029 Clun Castle by inviting supporters to bid for component sponsorship in the final phase of the ‘Castle’s’ overhaul.

With GWR-style painted numerals on the front bufferbeam, No. 7029 Clun Castle powers away from Paddington with its packed farewell railtour on June 11, 1965. This is the condition in which the loco will emerge from Tyseley, complete with its full set of original name, number and smokebox plates. COLOUR RAIL

It is 50 years since No. 7029 hauled its first train in preservation, and it is on course for a return to steam during the first half of the year.

However, Tyseley still needs to spend around £70,000 to finish the loco and have it ready for main line testing.

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As one of the pioneers of preserved steam on the main line, demand for tickets on ‘Clun’s’ long-awaited first railtours will undoubtedly be high, which is why Tyseley is offering this opportunity for enthusiasts to claim priority booking by playing a vital role in the loco’s comeback.

Read more in January’s issue of The RM

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