Nene Valley’s ‘tender loving care’ aids Moors 9F

THE tender from the Nene Valley Railway’s (NVR) BR 5MT No. 73050 City of Peterborough moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) on March 26 – where it will be used behind 9F No. 92134.

The overhauled tender for BR 5MT No. 73050 City of Peterborough is seen outside the NVR’s Wansford depot on March 23, days before it moved to the NYMR for use behind 9F No. 92134. GARETH EVANS

The tender, which was re-wheeled in early December, has gone on-hire to the NYMR until its return is required in order to be used again with No. 73050. The move will allow the 2-10-0, which is currently under restoration at Grosmont, to get up and running swiftly.

Asked about an expected completion date for No. 92134, Chris Price, NYMR general manager said: “Work on the 9F will progress in earnest when the winter work program is compete, with an estimated finish before the end of May, if not before.”


NVR 5MT progress

Withdrawn expiry of its boiler ticket in 2014, work began on City of Peterborough in early 2017.

The boiler is currently stored outside at Wansford and can be viewed from the path to the workshop viewing gallery. Tensile strength tests on the firebox outer wrapper indicate that it is full of strength. Discussions are ongoing with the insurers, but the process is now nearing completion.


No. 73050 City of Peterborough’s frames, as seen inside the Nene Valley Railway’s Wansford works on March 23. The cab from Danish 0-6-0T No. 656 ‘Tinkerbell‘ was temporarily on the 5MT – hence the rather incongruous sight. GARETH EVANS

Inside the workshop, the 4-6-0’s 6ft 2in driving wheels have been primed. Work has started to remove the distorted stretcher mid-frame, care being taken to hold the frames steady while the stretcher is out.

The painted bogie frames for BR 5MT No. 73050 City of Peterborough seen inside the Nene Valley Railway’s Wansford works on March 23. GARETH EVANS

Most of the smaller parts, including the bogie frames, have been painted and are now stored ready for use as the rebuild progresses.


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