A unique delivery for the Yorkshire Wolds Railway

2.5 years of negotiation and hard work has finally paid dividends for the YWR as it took delivery of its 2nd locomotive on 24 June.

 

Patricia, a 424 series 0-6-0 Fowler shunter is powered by a 6 cylinder, Rolls Royce 12 litre, supercharged engine and will make a fine addition to the growing fleet at the YWR.

Member Graham Danby who spearheaded the operation said “Working closely with the donors from Hull, we had to ensure that everything was right with the site and documentation well before a wheel on the locomotive could move. It has been in its existing home for a number of years and the tracks leading to it needed a lot of clearance work to allow it to escape. We were very fortunate and grateful that South Cave Tractors where on hand to give us assistance. They brought a brand new road-rail Unimog which proved invaluable in us getting the locomotive out”

Now on site, the really hard work can begin on getting the locomotive back in to regular use at it new home at Fimber Halt. Andy Barwick explained, “the locomotive is not in poor shape, but does need work on all aspects of the mechanical side to get it to a serviceable position. For example, key components such as the air compressor and locating bracket need replacing and we actively seeking these out from our small bank of suppliers. The first priority though will be to ensure the cab is watertight once again by fitting new windows and seals all round”.

To support the restoration, a new fund raising campaign is being launched called “Fund The Fowler”. Phil Robson, Chairman told us “this is the largest locomotive the YWR has, and as such will have a large bill to bring it to life – but it will be totally worth it. It will give us the option to run two independent locomotives, or we could couple them together to create quite the spectacle. We have set the fundraising target for the mechanical aspect of the restoration at £6000 and we would welcome any donation – small or large – to help us reach this goal. We do hope that in the not too distant future, we will be able to move Patricia alongside our newly extended platform so visitors can see elements of the restoration up close.”

Anyone wishing to donate to “Fund the Fowler” can do so by visiting www.yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk/support

The YWR will be open until the end of October and is always keen to involve new people. Anyone interested in becoming a member or volunteering, making a donation or just finding out more can visit the Yorkshire Wolds Railway website or call 01377 338053 for more information.

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