The Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust continues to search for a contractor to carry out the Heritage Lottery Fund-backed overhaul of NER J21 0-6-0 No. 65033.
LCLT chairman Toby Watkins said: “We’ve received formal permission from the HLF to start and the money is there, but we’ve been unable to select a contractor to overhaul the J21 and so instead of starting work, it continues to sit at Shildon.
“It is disappointing to note that while some contractors are extremely professional and have produced credible responses to our invitation to tender, there are others whose approach is somewhat more amateurish. As a result, we are extending our tender period and the J21 will have to sit with the National Railway Museum at Shildon for a few more weeks.”
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