Section 7D - MW2047 Restoration Progress


Following some thirteen years as a Static Exhibit at the Kidderminster Railway Museum, during which time funds had been raised towards the cost of overhaul, the locomotive was finally removed and moved by road to SVR Bridgnorth in November 2010. Since that time the locomotive has been dismantled so that an assessment could be made as to the extent of restoration work required and the cost involved. Once the old boiler hads been removed plans were made to produce a new boiler from a new set of drawings which were duly prepared.

In 2013 it was decided to move the locomotive down to Bewdley due to better storage facilities and a willing volunteer labour force being available (mainly from resident 15xx Pannier Tank Trust Members). To this end the SVR Engineering Department at Bridgnorth undertook the task of overhauling the safety critical elements (wheels, axleboxes and springs) to achieve a rolling chassis. This would allow for the locomotive to be towed down to Bewdley on its own wheels. Once the frames had been lifted off the wheels work could really start on the restoration, the old paint being scraped from the frames prior to the application of primer then gloss paint.

The SVR reprofiled the wheel tyres and journals and ordered new bearings for the axleboxes. A complete new set of springs were also placed on order. Once machined the wheels were also scraped and painted in a shade of green as close as possible to that originally carried by the locomotive.

 It was also decided to remove the cylinder block assembly from the frames to try and effect a repair to the exhaust passage of the RH casting wehich was holed. Unfortunately, although this repair was successful it was later found that the cylinder bore was cracked and thus the casting would need to be replaced. The cost of a new pattern (either wooden or polystyrene) and casting is currently being investigated. A number of components

removed from the locomotive and spare parts have already been moved down to SVR Bewdley and placed in secure storage ready to be refurbished at a later date.