TYSELEY’S flagship locomotive – No. 7029 Clun Castle – made its post-overhaul debut at the Tyseley Locomotive Works open weekend on July 24-25, albeit incomplete and on static display only.
The event, which was supported by The Railway Magazine, provided Tyseley with an ideal opportunity to showcase the work that has been carried out on the ‘Castle’ over the past seven years.
Looking every inch a Collett thoroughbred, No. 7029 was presented in as complete condition as possible; Alistair Meanley and the workshop staff had clearly pulled out all the stops to get the loco ready for the weekend.
The double-chimney 4-6-0 still requires its green paintwork to be finished and needs some smaller assembly work to be completed, such as the fitting of the spark arrester. As yet it has not steamed, and another hydraulic test will be performed before the first fire is lit.
Other equipment such as the On-Train Monitoring Recorder (OTMR) is not expected to be fitted until after the summer, and the likelihood is that ‘Clun’ will make its full in-steam debut at Tyseley’s next open weekend in October.
Read more in the July 2017 issue of The RM – on sale now!