Fundraising target of £36,000 to secure new steam railway locomotive in September

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Corris Railway is to raise £36,000 to run its new, but not ready to run, number 10 Falcon locomotive on September 24.

The date coincides with the 50th anniversary open day for Alan Keef Ltd, of Ross-on-Wye, who are building the new locomotive. Earlier this year, the railroad was forced to suspend work while its locomotive building fund was replenished.

The wheels and movement of the locomotive have been completed and the boiler has been placed in the frames, the cab has been assembled and the smoke box and other components have been fabricated.

To reduce costs, Corris Railway Society volunteers with engineering skills will now fabricate various components including the saddle tank, fire door mechanism, ashtray and cabin finish, among other works.

The volunteers have already produced components for the brake gear and, during the work break at Keef’s, worked on safety valve components.

Barr and Grosvenor of Wolverhampton also produced components for safety valve equipment. Four springs, including spares, for the safety valve assembly have been supplied at a cost of £75 and can be sponsored, along with other components, from the Falcon Locomotive section of the railway’s website www .corris.co.uk .

One-time donations for September sailing costs can also be made on the website or checks payable to Corris Railway can be sent to Peter Guest, 38 Underwood Close, Callow Hill, Redditch, B97 5YS.

Other components, including air pumps for braking, as well as sanding and painting equipment, will be needed for the engine to be in service on the revitalized section of the railway in the Dulas Valley, north of Machynlleth. An additional £40,000 to be raised for this phase.

If the targets are met, 2023 will see two steam locomotives owned by Corris Railway at work for the first time since the GWR bought the railway in 1930. There will be a short window before the 0-4-2ST tattoo number 7 does not fall due for its next Ten-Year Review in 2024.

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