Railway appeals for donations to keep new steam locomotive on track

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A narrow gauge railway in mid Wales is appealing for donations to help it stay on track with a £300,000 project to build a new steam locomotive.

Corris Railway has temporarily suspended work on its new number 10 Falcon steam locomotive due to rising costs.

The Corris Railway Society had originally hoped that the new locomotive, which will resemble the original Corris number 3, would be in service by this autumn.

However, due to material price inflation, the amount of work still outstanding, and some unforeseen complexities, funds have been exhausted and the completion date is expected to be delayed until additional funds are available. lifted.

The Corris Railway Society has a policy of not spending money it does not already have and only draws from its general funds to carry out particularly urgent projects.

In 2021, major progress has been made on the locomotive by Alan Keef Ltd at Ross on Wye, with the boiler and cab placed on the frames for checking and any necessary modifications.

The rolling frame, with air-driven wheels and movement, is already complete and many other components are ready for installation.

However, there is still a lot of work to be done, including the manufacture of the saddle tank and the manufacture and assembly of the cabin and boiler accessories. Recreating a complex steam locomotive from 1878, though small, proved costly and time-consuming.

Work will resume when the locomotive construction fund has recovered. In the meantime, supporters are urged to continue supporting the railroad with standing orders and generous contributions.

Donations can be made on The Falcon Locomotive section of the railway website www.corris.co.uk or checks payable to Corris Railway can be sent to Peter Guest, 38 Underwood Close, Callow Hill, Reddich , B97 5YS.

John Simms, press officer for the railway, said:

“The project has been temporarily put on hold to allow the fund specifically dedicated to building the locomotive to be replenished, while other parts of the Corris Railway relaunch continue.

“Apart from the cab roof and water tank, all of the major visible components of Number 10 have been produced, but many smaller components are needed to complete the engine and make it tow trains in the Dulas Valley. .

“Many of these are unique and therefore expensive. For example, various control valves need to be supplied at a total cost of £7,000. If anyone wishes to make a contribution, large or small, it can be done through the Falcon Locomotive section of our website.

Corris Railway is a member of MWT Cymru, an independent organization which represents over 600 tourism and hospitality businesses across Powys, Ceredigion and South Snowdonia.

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