Steam Locomotive to be Restored ?

The Group are looking to increase the working steam fleet, so that we will have greater flexibility during our season of Steam Days.  For a number of years, we have relied solely on NCB No. 10, and she has performed most admirably. However, we recognise that to operate an entire season of Steam Days with only one working locomotive means we may on occasion, not be able to operate, should No. 10 fail for one reason or another.

It is with this in mind, that we are now looking seriously at our non restored locos with a view to selecting the next best candidate to  be restored to full working order. The current thinking is that NCB Fife Area No. 23 is the best candidate. Like all of our steam locomotives, No. 23 was built in Kilmarnock by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co Ltd Works No. 2260 of 1949.

You will be aware our working members are heavily committed to replacing the four tracks leading up to the Loco Shed, and we cannot contemplate carrying out any work on No. 23 until the track laying operation is complete.  As soon as this work is completed, we have to prepare No. 10 for her annual cold and steam tests, and then we can look at No. 23.

If you might be interested in assisting Group members with this important task, please get in touch with either –

ARPG Chairman – Archie Thom on 01292 269 260 (evenings only, please) or

ARPG Secretary – Gordon Thomson on 01292 313 579 (evenings only, please).

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