THE East Somerset Railway further boosted its locomotive restoration credentials with the first steaming of Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No. 41313 after 52 years.
The Cranmore workshops have carried out the £145,000 restoration of the former Barry scrapyard locomotive as a contract job on behalf of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Last steamed in Hampshire in November 1965, the 1952-built former Lymington branch locomotive moved under its own power for the first time in preservation on June 3.
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The ESR arranged an extended timetable for its official launch day on June 24, with the locomotive running alongside and double heading with Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 No. 46447.
No. 41313 is expected to run on the ESR for several months before returning across the Solent to the IoWSR.
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