Boiler is GW County’s next major target

AROUND £300,000 is needed to complete new-build GWR 4-6-0 No. 1014 County of Glamorgan, according to the GW County Project, part of the Didcot Railway Centre-based Great Western Society.

The society has launched a major drive to fund the boiler, together with a host of components, through sponsorship.

The project is one of the beneficiaries of the so-called ‘Barry 10’ group of unrestored locomotives yielding parts to benefit other engines. Thus, the County uses the frames of Modified Hall No. 7927 Willington Hall and a Stanier 8F boiler, from which the County boiler was derived, from No. 48518.

The chimney for the new GWR County 4-6-0. GWS

“The fundamental issue with this project is finance,” said David Bradshaw, press officer for the GW County Project. “We’re trying to remedy that, including promoting the sponsorship of items, something that has not been pushed so far with the project.

“We’ve launched the 1014 Boiler Club. We are seeking 100 people to contribute £1000 each either as a one-off donation or monthly over one, two or three years, which with gift aid will provide the £125,000 required to complete the boiler for County of Glamorgan.

“LNWR Crewe converted the 8F firebox to a County profile. Work on it stopped for the same reasons as those for the Patriot (News, page 20).

“Thanks to a generous donation, we acquired the boiler barrels from Barnshaws Engineering in Dudley. The firebox and barrels will shortly be moved to Heritage Boiler Steam Services at Butterley

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