0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' in the Workshop
at SVR Bridgnorth during July
2015 in partly dismantled state. Driving wheels, axleboxes &
springs were in the process of
being re-furbished whilst the
frames had been prepared to
recieve a second coat of black
(photo: David Cooke)
dismantled and assessed to establish the cost of overhaul and restoration to working order.
The design work required for the new boiler has now been completed and a quote obtained
to construct the boiler. The frames, Wheel sets and Axleboxes are being refurbished and a New
set of Springs obtained in order to achieve a rolling chassis. The cylinders have been removed
from the frames in order to carry out repairs to the RH casting. The repair was successful but
it has since been discovered that the main bore is cracked meaning the RH casting will need to
be replaced. A new drawing has being prepared and a quote obtained for a polystyrene
pattern and new casting. In 2016 it was decided to go for new castings of both RH & LH cylinders
as this would be more cost effective. New cylinders were duely cast at Timsons Engineering of
Kettering (in March 2017) and these will be fully machining before delivery to SVR.
Due to better storage facities and more volunteer labour available it had been decided to move
the locomotive to Bewdley to complete the restoration. Some of the parts removed from the
locomotive and other spare parts have already been moved from Bridgnorth to Bewdley and
placed in secure storage.
Armaghdale' (in red livery) and since October 2010 has been on static display in the Engine
House Museum at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway where it will remain until further notice.
The locomotive has been examined whilst at Highley and an estimate of the cost of returning
it to working order has been produced. However, we will have to wait in the overhaul queue
(probably until mid 2020's).
on Static Display at the Engine House Museum at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway in February
2014. The locomotive was at the time being
inspected by SVR Engineers to assess what
repairs were necessary to return it to
working order. (photo: David Cooke)