Good news for Corris Railway as boiler for new steam locomotive passes test

A new £400,000 steam locomotive being built for Corris Railway in mid Wales took a significant step forward when its boiler passed a hydraulic pressure test last week.

The boiler, built by Israel Newton and Sons in 2012, was tested at the workshops of Alan Keef Ltd at Lea, near Ross-on-Wye, who build the new locomotive.

Prior to being taken to Keef, the boiler had been on display at Maespoeth Junction on Corris Railway to boost fundraising for the new locomotive which will become number 10 in the fleet.

Number 10 is a 21st century evocation of a trio of steam engines built for Corris Railway in 1878 by the Hughes Company in Loughborough. One survives and works on the Talyllyn Railway.

It is hoped to run the new locomotive on steam on September 24, as part of Alan Keef’s annual open day, but further work is needed before it enters service at Corris in 2023. This work is estimated at £48,000, with the railway to raise another. £20,000 to achieve the goal.

Next year will mark the 140th anniversary of the introduction of steam services to Corris Railway. There will be a fundraising stand for the new locomotive at the Corris Railway Society Model Train Exhibition being held at Y Plas, Machynlleth on 27th and 28th August.

Donations for the new locomotive can be made online at www.corris.co.uk or cheques, payable to Corris Railway, can be sent to Peter Guest, 38 Underwood Close, Callow Hill, Redditch, B97 5YS.

Jose P. Rogers