Green light for overhaul of steam locomotive 80135

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has announced that BR 4 No. 80135 is to be overhauled thanks to a generous inheritance from Mr Clifford Luff.

With remaining funds available from the Bridge and Wheels Appeal, the heritage railway can now begin on the Brighton-built locomotive.

Companies are now invited to tender to manufacture a new interior fireplace as well as a complete overhaul of the boiler.

The chassis and running gear will also be restored.

80135 approaching Goathland on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway // Credit: NYMR

NYMR CEO Chris Price said: “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Clifford Luff for remembering NYMR in his will. Although it is difficult to predict the exact times for the completion of the locomotive, this generous legacy has allowed us to put the overhaul of 80135 on the priority list.

“It will be wonderful to see the two sister locomotives (80135 and 80136) working side by side for the enjoyment of our visitors and members. In these difficult times, it is nice to be able to announce this good news and I am personally delighted that we can once again restart the overhaul of this locomotive with the resources in place to carry it out. 80135 will be completed and ready to operate trains through the NYMR to Whitby as a registered locomotive on the rail network.

Jose P. Rogers