Odney Manor returns at WSR… albeit briefly

Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share by email

COLLETT ‘Manor’ No. 7828 Odney Manor made a triumphant return to service at the West Somerset Railway in the final weeks of 2018 after a two-year absence and overhaul.

The BR(W) 4-6-0, resplendent in BR lined green with early crest, made its public debut on ‘Santa Special’ duties on December 22, and was set to star alongside fellow Swindon-built 4-6-0s No. 7822 Foxcote Manor and No. 6960 Raveningham Hall at the line’s December 29-31 Winter Steam Festival. 

‘Manor’ No. 7828 Odney Manor climbs past Nornvis Bridge, near Crowcombe, with a Minehead-bound train during the first day of the Winter Steam Festival on December 29. DON BISHOP

However, the newly outshopped loco’s return to traffic was short-lived and No. 7828 had to be withdrawn after the first day of the event when a rivet was found to be weeping on the boiler. 

Advert

It meant the loco missed out on the remainder of the festival, but this issue is not thought to be serious and No. 7828 will be repaired ahead of the line reopening in full on March 30.

Read more News and Features in the February 2019 issue of The RM –on sale now!


Advert



Advert


Railway Reads

From the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.

About the Author

Nigel Devereux

Railway Production Editor at Mortons Media Group Ltd.
Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 37 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the senior sub-editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio.
01507 529529 | NDevereux@Mortons.co.uk
Nigel Devereux

Let off some steam...