IT is hoped that the Severn Valley Railway can re-open from 1st August 2020 if all goes according to plan.
In the meantime The Railwaymans Arms (Bridgnorth) & The King & Castle (Kidderminster) Pubs are likely to re-open on Saturday 4th July according to the latest Government Guidelines on Coronavirus.
We are expecting to be allowed to return to work on the Railway at Bewdley sometime in July
- Watch this space.
It was intended that the new boiler would have been on order by now but this has had to be delayed due the advent of Coronavirus and also the fact that minor design modification have been foumd necessary to eliminate the use of existing internal components off old boiler. Thus the new boiler will be entirely 'new' and built in line with current boiler regulations (no use of 'Grandfather Rights). This will ensure a much longer boiler life but will cost more than original quotation. The boiler will be ordered through the SVR but will be constructed by Israel Newton in Derbyshire. It is anticipated that a new smokebox and cast chimney will also be required.
During Lockdown Carl Jones has been
busy at home making 32 new fitted bolts
needed to retain new buffer beams in
place. These bolts have been made slightly
oversize and the holes in the new beams
and loco frames will need to be reamed to suit.
(photo: Carl Jones)
Work on 0-6-0ST MW2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' resumed on Sunday 19th July 2020 with Carl Jones, Andy Poole, Mike & Brian Hill present at SVR Bewdley working under restrictions imposed due to Covid-19.
Attention to MW2047 axleboxes, removal of loose items, and brake rigging was made secure. Locomotive is now chocked but otherwise mobile. The 1501-2047 working group under the leadership of Carl jones has been established with all group members obtaining prevent Covid-19 Certificates. The remaining working group members (Robin Jones, David & Richard Cooke) are scheduled to attend on Sunday 26th July and are hoping to start carrying out tasks from a list drawn up the team leader. More details next week.