Bury Standard 4 Group - Restoring 80097 and 46428

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The East Lancashire Railway Boiler Appeal

Comprehensive is probably the best way to describe the restoration work that’s been undertaken on 80097 since its rescue from Woodham’s of Barry in 1985.  As with any Barry ‘wreck’ from that era little in terms of boiler fittings, motion and other easily removable parts had been left behind by the time the BSLCo had secured its future for the ELR.  Since arrival at Bury, there has been little left untouched in terms of restoration so far on the locomotive. 



The chassis has received significant attention with virtually all components having been stripped, cleaned, de-rusted and refurbished.  Work on the wheel sets, both driving bogie and pony truck, has extended to re-profiling the tyres, re-machining the journals and then marrying them with the re-furbished axle boxes. This then enabled the frames to be reunited with the wheels.


The many and varied boiler fittings and other non-ferrous items that had attracted the attention of others whilst at Barry have had to be replaced. These, in the main, have been remanufactured at significant cost and all now await re-fitting. The extensive network of lubrication pipes that feed the axle boxes, motion parts and cylinders have been replaced, and this has included some painstaking work in ensuring that the final pipe work arrangements mirror the original BR design drawings.

Replacement of those missing valve motion components, side rods and connecting rods has been a monumental exercise which has required ‘original’ parts to be tracked down and also new parts having to be manufactured. Work on refurbishment of the valves and cylinders has been equally meticulous and extensive. The side and rear water tanks/bunker have been extensively repaired and have been reunited with the loco along with a new smokebox which has been trial fitted to allow other work to proceed in anticipation of the return of the overhauled boiler.


And so we come to the main purpose of our appeal.  As is usual in long term restoration projects such as this, the boiler has been the last major component to receive attention.  Extensive work is required on the boiler barrel and firebox and whilst a lot of the minor works have been undertaken by the restoration team the more technical aspects of the repair have to be carried out by specialist contractors to ensure safe, long and reliable service from the loco.




East Lacashire Railway Appeal, Funding the Completion of 80097

The final piece of the jigsaw for 80097 is the boiler work needed to return the locomotive to steam. The boiler is estimated to cost around £90,000 which would see the engine completed and in traffic towards the end of 2015. Once completed the locomotive will have a 10 year boiler certificate.

To help us achieve the completion of 80097 we will require help from many sources. We would welcome any donations which are a vital source of income for the East Lancashire Railway. All gifts, both large and small are gratefully received and would see the locomotive completed on time. Please download a form from the East Lancashire Railway web site, if you are a taxpayer your donation can be gift aided, adding an extra 25% to your gift please fill in this form if you are a tax payer.

All the monies raised in the East Lancashire Railway appeal for funds for 80097 will mean that the overall monies to be repayed by The Bury Steam Locomotive Company Limited will be reduced by the amount of money that the appeal raises.

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