Newstead moves between valleys to its new home

HUNSLET 0-6-0ST No. 1589 of 1929 Newstead, which was rediscovered in a corrugated shed in the grounds of a convent after it was thought ‘missing-presumed scrapped’ has been moved from the Nene Valley Railway to the Spa Valley Railway.

Restored in the early 1990s by Malcolm Saul at his home but never used, Newstead arrived at Wansford in 2016.

Hunslet 0-6-0ST Newstead has moved from the Nene Valley Railway, where it is seen at Wansford on July 22. GARETH EVANS

Due to overhauls of other locomotives taking priority, it was moved to its new home on October 29.

With little work believed to be required, a return to steam is expected within three years. Finance for Newstead’s overhaul is in place and there is now a drive for volunteers to assist.

Owner Alex Alder and the railway are forming a volunteer support group. Anyone interested in joining is invited to contact Alex on 07710 750366 or alex@accolademeasure.co.uk

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