New Toddington firm takes on Standard Mogul restoration

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FORGOTTEN Riddles ‘4MT’ 2-6-0 No. 76077 will have its restoration completed by a brand new company based at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

The Horwich-built Mogul has been handed over by former owner Chris Hinton to newly formed Toddington Standard Locomotive Ltd (TSLL), which has been set up by Mr Hinton and other Gloucs-Warks volunteers to restore and ultimately operate the locomotive.

BR Standard Mogul No. 76077 traverses the diamond crossing of the St Helens and Warrington lines at Widnes, Cheshire, with the Locomotive Club of Great Britain’s ‘Warrington & Widnes Brakevan Railtour’ on August 5, 1967. Restoration of the loco will now take place at Toddington. COLOUR-RAIL

Work on No. 76077 finally began early last year after around three decades in store. The frames and cylinders were shot-blasted and painted at Toddington ahead of a move to Locomotive Maintenance Services at Loughborough.

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The wheelsets were sent to South Devon Railway Engineering at Buckfastleigh for machining of the axle journals and crankpins.

Restoration of the loco is expected to cost around £500,000, including overhaul of the boiler, which currently remains at Toddington.

However, an additional cost will be the provision of a tender, as the loco is lacking one at present.

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Read more in the January 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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