Restoration of former Barry Prairie continuing at Barry

RESTORATION of former ‘Barry 10’ Small Prairie No. 5539 is continuing at the Barry Tourist Railway, with the 2-6-2T now back on its wheels with the inside motion fitted.

The 1928-built loco is owned by Hugh Shipton (owner of Llangollen-based ‘64XX’ No. 6430) and is being restored by Mike Pearce. The work to date has included the replacement of the rear 5ft of the frames, the manufacture of a new cab and bunker and the fitting of a new cylinder casting.

The project originally began at Llangollen, but the loco moved with Mr Pearce when he relocated to South Wales. With the bottom end almost complete and awaiting the fitting of the outside valve gear and motion, work has turned to the loco’s Swindon No. 2 boiler, which has entered the works at Llangollen. It will require a new back plate as part of its restoration.

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