Two Barry locomotives return in one weekend!

PRESERVATION history was made over the weekend of March 2/3 when two steam locomotives that have been restored to working order from Barry scrapyard condition were officially launched into traffic.

The proud restoration team alongside No. 80097 which they made the 149th  ex-Barry locomotive to return to steam: left to right are Phil Council, Chris Bodell, Keith Savory (project founder member), Allan Schofield (Chief Mechanical Engineer), Derek Broadbent, Hugh Linney, Phil Spendlove (Bury Standard 4 Group chairman), Alan Spencer and Harry Taylor. All are Bury Standard 4 Group working members. ELR

It took a total of 77 years for BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80097 and WR 4-6-0 Modified Hall No. 6989 Wightwick Hall to be rebuilt to running order.

At 10am on March 2, the end of 33 years of toil and hard graft by members of the Bury Standard 4 Group was marked at Bury Bolton Street station when Brighton, 1954-built No. 80097 steamed through a red ribbon draped across the track before making its first ‘official’ journey up to Heywood. It was the 149th locomotive to return to steam from Barry condition

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BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80097 breaking the ribbon at the East Lancashire Railway’s Bury Bolton Street station on March 2. ELR

Meanwhile, 170 miles away, a private group of shareholders and supporters were attending a pre-launch party for Swindon, 1948-built Wightwick Hall at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and which was the 150th ex-Barry locomotive to resteam.

Read more and view more images in Issue 252 of HR – on sale now!

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