Great Western Society to ‘consider’ bids for 7027 Thornbury Castle steam locomotive

The Great Western Society held a board meeting this weekend and released a statement on the future of 7027 Thornbury Castle.

7027 Thornbury Castle, which is currently being restored at Great Central Railway, was purchased earlier this year to help complete Night Owl locomotive, 4709. launched as well as previous owners have released statements indicating their desire to buy back the locomotive.

Clive Hetherington, chief executive of the Great Western Society, said the council would keep the parts of 7027 Thornbury Castle which are in good condition for the next 6 months.

During this time, the company will consider bids from properly funded groups for all or part of 7027 Thornbury Castle, which could allow for a reconstruction of Thornbury Castle if viable.

The GWS also said it had no plans to build a star.

Work on Group 4709, which 7027 was purchased to help build, is progressing well and an update is planned with RailAdvent soon.

In the full statement, Clive Hetherington said: “The Great Western Society (GWS) remains committed to purchasing the remaining components of 7027.

The GWS Board of Directors undertakes to maintain these parts in good condition for 6 months. During this time, GWS will consider offers from suitably funded groups for all or part of 7027, to enable a reconstruction of Thornbury Castle if viable.

The GWS does not intend to build a star.

Jose P. Rogers