WORKSHOP REPORT: GER No. 229 – a born survivor

An eagerly awaited return to steam is the 0-4-0ST sold by the Great Eastern Railway in 1917. Mark Smithers reports on the overhaul being carried out at the Flour Mill.

This 7¼ in gauge model of ‘Coffee Pot’ 0-4-0ST No. 229 currently sits on the leading right-hand portion of the running board of the full-size locomotive, which is currently under restoration in the Flour Mill Workshops.
This 7¼ in gauge model of ‘Coffee Pot’ 0-4-0ST No. 229 currently sits on the leading right-hand portion of the running board of the full-size locomotive, which is currently under restoration in the Flour Mill Workshops.

The world of railway preservation is full of stories of tragic near-misses in terms of locomotives and other items that should have survived, but for one reason or another failed to do so. Fortunately, however, there are also those relics that somehow managed to survive against all the odds. The subject of this feature falls into this latter category and is currently undergoing restoration at the Flour Mill Workshops in Bream, Gloucestershire.

From the 1850s onwards, Neilson of Glasgow was noted for its 0-4-0ST designs for light shunting, industrial or contractors’ use and the original specimens were characterised by their flat-sided ‘box tanks’ covering boiler barrel and smokebox, outside horizontal cylinders, cast-iron wheel centres with T-section spokes and steam dome mounted on the firebox wrapper (a specification copied by Kilmarnock manufacturer Andrew Barclay for several of its early products).

Read more in Issue 220 of Heritage Railway

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