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  • Llangollen heavy freight 2-8-0 sold – but will remain in Wales for now

    Llangollen heavy freight 2-8-0 sold – but will remain in Wales for now

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    COLLETT ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3802 has been sold by the Llangollen Railway-based Great Western 3802 Ltd, with a return to steam expected before the end of the year. The locomotive’s new owners are Nick Gilbert, owner of ‘Hall’ 4-6-0 No. 5967 Bickmarsh Hall, and Steve Andrews, who have bought it through their operating company 3802…

  • Pitchford Hall creates Collett preservation ‘first’ after overhaul brings new livery

    Pitchford Hall creates Collett preservation ‘first’ after overhaul brings new livery

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    Epping Ongar Railway-based GWR ‘Hall’ No. 4953 Pitchford Hall is back in steam after overhaul, and carrying a livery never before seen on one of the Collett 4-6-0s in the preservation era.

  • ‘Hall’ meets ‘Saint’ in Didcot photography event

    ‘Hall’ meets ‘Saint’ in Didcot photography event

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    IT WAS a case of ‘before and after’ at Didcot Railway Centre on August 17 when newly completed Churchward ‘Saint’ No. 2999 Lady of Legend came face to face with Collett ‘Hall’ No. 5900 Hinderton Hall.  The meeting of the two 4-6-0s was significant: Collett’s ‘Halls’ were a direct derivative of the ‘Saints’ after No. 2925 Saint Martin…

  • Quiet progress has ‘Grange’ on coursefor 2020 debut

    Quiet progress has ‘Grange’ on coursefor 2020 debut

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    PROGRESS on the project to construct the 81st Collett ‘Grange’ – No. 6880 Betton Grange – continues at Tyseley and Llangollen, with a view to having the 4-6-0 in traffic next year. Work on the loco at Tyseley Locomotive Works is running slightly behind the original schedule, but the rebuild of the ‘Swindon No. 1’ boiler…

  • Pannier No. 4612 back in Bodmin & Wenford traffic

    Pannier No. 4612 back in Bodmin & Wenford traffic

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    GREAT Western motive power returned to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway for the first time in 2019 when Collett ‘8750’ 0-6-0PT No. 4612 rejoined the working fleet in late-July after overhaul.  The loco passed its steam test on July 18 and, following running-in turns, took its place on the passenger roster the next week. The pannier’s…

  • Broken piston sidelines Bradley Manor for ‘considerable period’ at West Somerset

    Broken piston sidelines Bradley Manor for ‘considerable period’ at West Somerset

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    COLLETT ‘Manor’ No. 7802 Bradley Manor has been withdrawn from traffic at the West Somerset Railway (WSR) after suffering a broken piston rod while in service on the line. The Erlestoke Manor Fund’s (EMF) 4-6-0 was working the 10.15 Bishops Lydeard- Minehead service on July 7 when the incident occurred, busting the cylinder end cover off…

  • Double-headed ‘Manors’ help WSR mark 40 years of steaming to Bishops Lydeard

    Double-headed ‘Manors’ help WSR mark 40 years of steaming to Bishops Lydeard

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    A FOURTEEN-coach train hauled by a pair of Collett ‘Manor’ 4-6-0s was the undoubted highlight of the West Somerset Railway’s 40th Anniversary gala on June 8-9. The event celebrated four decades since the ‘Wizzer’ returned steam to Bishops Lydeard on June 9, 1979, and was a strong illustration that the worst of the railway’s problems…

  • ‘King’ and ‘A4’ to head 15-engine North Yorkshire Autumn Steam Gala

    ‘King’ and ‘A4’ to head 15-engine North Yorkshire Autumn Steam Gala

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    Didcot’s GWR ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II will break new ground for the class this autumn when it takes a starring role in the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) September 27-29 Autumn Steam Gala alongside ‘A4’ Union of South Africa. The visit will mark the BR blue Collett 4-6-0’s first foray north of the Midlands…

  • 6412 returning as WSR marks four decades of BL steam

    6412 returning as WSR marks four decades of BL steam

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    COLLETT ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 6412 will return to the railway it called home for 33 years next month when it takes part in the West Somerset Railway’s anniversary gala on June 8-9. The event will celebrate 40 years since trains started running to Bishops Lydeard on June 9, 1979, and aims to capture some of the…

  • South Devon hits half century as first Dart Valley trains are remembered

    South Devon hits half century as first Dart Valley trains are remembered

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    THE reopening of the Ashburton branch as the Dart Valley Railway in 1969 was commemorated during early April with a nine-day Golden Anniversary gala at the South Devon Railway (SDR). A combination of historic re-enactments and themed operating days, coupled with a cast of visiting and resident locomotives, provided a wealth of variety to the…

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