BR Standard 4MT shaping up at Severn Valley Railway

By Paul Appleton

Engineers at the Severn Valley Railway’s Bridgnorth locomotive works continue to take great strides in the overhaul of BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 No. 75069, with the chassis now rewheeled and much of the bottom end overhaul moving close to completion. The lubrication pipework is also largely complete and looks most impressive.

The rewheeled chassis of BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 No. 75069 inside Bridgnorth Works in early July. It is hoped to have the locomotive complete this autumn so it can take some part in the SVR’s busy pre-Christmas schedule. TONY BENDING

Meanwhile, inside the boiler shop, a team of three is also flat out trying to complete the boiler with an autumn steaming in mind.

The new boiler sections are riveted, and the outer firebox is complete, with some welding to the copper inner firebox still to be carried out. Drilling of the firebox stay holes is almost complete ready for the stays to be fitted.

Works manager Neil Taylor told Heritage Railway: “The overhaul is going very well, perhaps not quite up to where I hoped it would be, but we are doing a thorough job and will not be rushed. I don’t want to predict a completion date as you never know what else might crop up, but it would be nice to see the locomotive working before the year is out.”

Replacing Erlestoke Manor

No. 75069 will replace GWR 4-6-0 No. 7812 Erlestoke Manor in the fleet, its ticket, already having been granted an extension, due to expire at the end of the year. Its owners plan to move the locomotive to Tyseley Locomotive Works early next year, where a two-year overhaul will be carried out.

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