Hope for derelict Class 27

CLASS 27 No. D5353 (27007) was collected from the Mid-Hants Railway on January 21, destined for restoration at the Caledonian Railway in Brechin, Scotland.

The loco was operational on the MHR following arrival there in 1985. It suffered fire damage the next year, but ran again in 1992 until withdrawn in 2000 for overhaul. However, this was an abortive attempt and it has been deteriorating ever since.

The remains of Class 27 No. D5353 are eased into Station Road, Alresford on January 21 for transport to Moveright’s yard at Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield. This was the first stage of its journey to Brechin, where it arrived at the beginning of February. The fictitious identity – No. 27015 University of Wibblefroth – was carried for the journey. The engine was removed last September for transport as a separate load because the loco was considered to be too fragile to be moved complete. Picture: JAMIE SQUIBBS

Considered as beyond restoration by some, a new owner proposed to re-engine it with a MAN engine, originally in Class 22 No. D6332 (RM Jan 2017, p75). This idea was met with stiff opposition from enthusiasts and the scheme was abandoned.

That project was not connected in any way with the proposal by the Project Class 22 Society to build a new example of Class 22 No. D6358, which is very much on going.

This will use NBL/MAN power unit No. 220.

For more details and information see website:
www.class22newbuild.co.uk.

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