THE overhaul of SR Schools Class V 4-4-0 No. 926 Repton at its North Yorkshire Moors Railway home was completed in late July when the locomotive was steamed for the first time, little more than three weeks after the boiler was craned into the frames.
Running-in trials began in early July when the locomotive, resplendent in SR Maunsell olive green, made double-headed runs with B1 4-6-0 No. 61264 and other NYMR steam locomotives.
It was then stopped briefly to rectify a brake system issue before resuming trials that culminated in it making its first solo runs by mid-July. It was scheduled to end its running-in period and begin routine solo running from Monday, August 14.
As yet it is confined to the NYMR, pending a 45mph test run on the Esk Valley Line, but once the test run has been carried out it will return to use on Whitby services.
The attention of the Grosmont fitters is now turning to completing the overhaul of LMS ‘Black Five’ No. 5428 Eric Treacy which it is hoped will be finished in time for the line’s autumn steam gala, to be outshopped in 1930s LMS livery.
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