The restoration of the last of the Class rescued from Woodham Brother’s Barry Scrapyard, 76077, is a long and at times sad story. But there is good news – it has gained some momentum in early 2018.
76084 was returned to steam with a number of parts from this sister locomotive. This enabled 76084’s restoration to proceed quicker and at less cost than would otherwise have been the case. Ironically, the manufacture and return of these borrowed parts has occupied our Engineering Team over the past few months and orders are in place to get them made.
We have a dedicated page outlining the shared history that 76077 and 76084 shared in British Railways days and listing the 76077 parts needing replacing. The list shows that the cost is not inconsiderable. We have launched an appeal for sponsorship to help us finance their manufacture. Do have a look at the list and see if you can help us help another of the Class to return to steam. Your financial support for this will be much appreciated by the Company.
Our photo shows 76077 tucked in behind 76080 at Wigan Springs Branch in March 1968 after withdrawal in December 1967. 76084 is behind 76077. These 3 with 76079 added were taken to Woodham’s arriving there on 1 September 1968.
We have successfully replaced all 156 small boiler tubes over the winter months – this work being carried out at the Weybourne Boiler Shop of the North Norfolk Railway at 76084 Locomotive Company Limited’s expense. A Sponsor a Tube appeal was very successful with all but one of the tubes being sponsored which offset the overall cost of this work. A Roll of Honour for this sponsorship can be found here.
The boiler was steam tested in the presence of our Vehicle Acceptance Body (VAB) personnel on Monday 9 April 2018 and 76084 began running-in trials the day after with a view to entering service by the weekend. As can be seen from the photograph kindly supplied by 76084 Engineering Team member, Roger Norris, 76084 isn’t carrying her ‘SC’ plate. 76084 is required to run on Network Rail with self-cleaning equipment installed and an ‘SC’ plate indicating the same but on private (heritage) railways there is no such requirement. The 3 overhead power line flashes on 76084’s front steps have to be removed when on the man line and more up to date stickers strategically placed instead.