Can you make two LMS ‘Jinties’ steam again?

THE Midland Railway-Butterley wants to appoint a full-time engineering supervisor to bring two ‘Jinties’ back to life.

Three of these LMS 3F 0-6-0s were rescued for the railway in the 1970s as being ideal for the operation of passenger trains, two coming from Barry scrapyard and one from industrial service in West Yorkshire.

Butterley-based LMS ‘Jinty’ 0-6-0T No 47327 carrying Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway livery as No. 23 at Swanwick Junction in 2014. MRB

The two from Barry have been restored and used at Butterley while the third has still to see service.

At present, none are in service but the restoration of two is now well under way, including No. 47445, the one that has not yet steamed in preservation.

Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust’s development officer, said: “We have made excellent progress so far with the restoration of these locomotives but now need someone to take charge of bringing these machines back to steam.”

The new engineering supervisor will be tasked with overseeing the completion of two ‘Jinties’ machines and developing the overhaul of additional locomotives.

Anyone interested in this position and with the relevant skills should write to general manager Geoff Smith, Midland Railway–Butterley, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ or email midland.railway@btconnect.com

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