THE last of three Ivatt locomotives gifted to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway has returned to the island.
The Ivatt Locomotive Trust relocated 2-6-2Ts Nos. 41298 and 41313 and 2-6-0 No. 46447 to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway between 2006-8.
The ownership of all three was subsequently transferred to the railway.
The East Somerset Railway (ESR) was subsequently contracted to overhaul No. 41313 on a commercial basis at its Cranmore workshop.
On June 24, it was launched into service on the ESR for tests and trials, and No. 41313 finally crossed the Solent on board the 3pm Wightlink sailing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on October 24.
No. 41298 has been overhauled at Havenstreet and can be seen in regular use hauling passenger services at the IoWSR.
However, No. 46447 is not suited to regular use on the heritage line, so in October 2012 it was moved to the ESR on a loan deal with an agreement for it to be restored to running order.
In October 2014, No. 46447 hauled its first passenger service on the ESR, where it remains on long-term loan.
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