TYSELEY’S ‘Castle’ No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe will play no part in the immediate future of the new Vintage Trains train operating company after being withdrawn early.
Visitors to the Tyseley Open Weekend on June 30-July 1 were surprised to find the popular
4-6-0 on static display, a result of the preliminary work to get the ‘Castle’ ready for its planned use on two trains to the South West for the Railway Touring Company on July 22 and 28.
During these preparations it is understood the Tyseley Locomotive Works (TLW) team found significant issues that would require attention before the loco could venture onto the main line, and with its boiler certificate expiring in October, it was decided it would not be worth rectifying the problems for just a few months’ work.
No. 5043 first steamed in preservation 10 years ago, but will now hand the Vintage Trains mantle back to classmate No. 7029 Clun Castle.
Commissioning trials have yet to take place for the flagship locomotive, and no work on No. 5043’s overhaul will take place until these have been completed.
The work on ‘Edgcumbe’ is not expected to throw up any major concerns, and it is expected the loco will return to traffic in 2020.
The use of the ‘Castles’ is core to Tyseley’s strategic vision, so getting No. 5043 back in service will be a priority for the TLW.
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