RPSI cuts frames for new-build LMS-NCC ‘W’ class Mogul

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THE first steps in the re-creation of one of H P Stewart’s LMS-NCC ‘W’ class 2-6-0 have been taken by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) with the cutting of the locomotive’s 33ft-long main frame plates.

The machined plates were delivered to Whitehead on August 29 from Cooke Bros Engineering of Newtownards, having been cut by TATA Steel at Wednesbury. 

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The last of the LMS-NCC ‘W’ class Moguls – No. 97 Earl of Ulster – stands at Belfast York Road depot on May 29, 1965. It was scrapped the following December. IAN M COONIE/RM ARCHIVE

Their arrival finally settles the speculation surrounding a possible RPSI new-build, and the question of whether it would focus on a ‘W’ or build a second ‘WT’ 2-6-4T, similar to the No. 4.

The Derby-built ‘W’ and ‘WT’ classes shared many common components, including a number of standard LMS parts. Both classes featured the same 6ft-diameter coupled wheels, cylinders and valve arrangement. 

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

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