New cylinders delivered for Gloucs-Warks’ No. 3850

THE new cylinders for ex-GWR ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3850 were delivered to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on December 6 following machining by Roach Precision of Brierley Hill.

The delivery followed the arrival of the new front-end extension frames in mid-September, which had also been completed by the Brierley Hill firm. 


Having the cylinders on site will now enable No. 3850’s owning group Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd to assemble the 2-8-0’s front-end. This will be carried out upside down, in the manner employed by the GWR at Swindon.

The extension frames have already been united with the cylinders, and once the assembly is finished the front-end can be fitted and accurately optically aligned within the frames. 

No. 3850’s new cylinders sit upside down and back-to-back at Toddington on December 7 with the equally new extension frames (in undercoat) trial fitted. MIKE SOLLOWAY/DMLL

The overhauled wheelsets are sitting ready and waiting, while the boiler is also at a well advanced stage of overhaul. 


The firebox end is now complete and a new front barrel section almost ready for fitting.

Anyone who wishes to support the overhaul can do so via the website at:

Read more News and Features in the January 2020 issue of The Railway Magazine –on sale now!


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