Bury Standard Class 4MT tank set for 2018 steaming

THE Bury Standard 4 Group recently took delivery of the repaired boiler for its former Barry scrapyard BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80097.

The boiler has undergone a major overhaul, which comprised a complete new boiler barrel, a new lower throat plate section, new ¾ outer firebox sides, extensive copper welding to the firebox tubeplate, and reassembly.

BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T No. 80097 complete with boiler. BS4G

The whole boiler repair was carried out by Northern Steam Engineering, at Stockton-on-Tees, and took two-and-a-half years. It has cost more than £100,000.

With the return of the boiler, the group will be able to continue with the restoration of the 1954-built locomotive.

No. 80097 was withdrawn in 1965 and spent two decades in the scrapyard before it was bought by the group in 1985 and brought to the East Lancashire Railway in Bury.

It is hoped to have No. 80097 steaming on the line next year, following more than 30 years of restoration.

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