Third Wight Ivatt returned to steam

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.

Newly restored Ivatt 2-6-2T No. 41313 hauls a loaded test train at Cranmore on June 17. CHRIS HOPKINS

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.

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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