Corris Railway’s steam engine project passes final test

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A new steam locomotive being built for a heritage railway in mid Wales has passed a major milestone as its boiler passed a major test last week.

The £400,000 locomotive project on the Corris Railway was tested when its boiler was subjected to a hydraulic pressure test.

The boiler, built by Israel Newton and Sons in 2012, was tested at the workshops of Alan Keef Ltd at Lea, near Ross-on-Wye, who build the new locomotive.

Prior to being taken to Keef, the boiler was displayed at Maespoeth Junction on Corris Railway to boost fundraising for the project, which will become number 10 in the fleet when completed.

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The train is designed to be an evocation of a trio of steam engines built for Corris Railway in 1878 by the Hughes Company in Loughborough.

Corris Railway hopes to operate the new locomotive on September 24, as part of Alan Keef’s annual open day.

Further work will be required before it enters service at Corris in 2023. The estimated cost is £48,000, with the railway needing to raise a further £20,000 to meet the target.

2023 will mark 140 years since the introduction of steam locomotives to Corris Railway, which the railway hopes to mark with the introduction of this new steam engine.

There will be a fundraising stand for the new locomotive at the Corris Railway Society Model Train Exhibition being held at Y Plas, Machynlleth on 27th and 28th August.

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