Somerset and Dorset Heritage Railway Trust to buy 9F steam locomotive No. 92207 Morning Star

The Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust says it has agreed to purchase BR 9F No. 92207 Morning Star.

Current owner Keith Bottomley has restored the 2-10-0 locomotive at his private site in Poole, Dorset, while the boiler is currently at East Lancs Railway, where it will remain until funds are available. in place to have it. revised. The sale of the locomotive was made due to poor health.

Negotiations between the railroad and the owner have been ongoing for over a year to confirm the condition of the locomotive as well as the parts included in the sale.

It is not yet clear when the 9F will arrive at the Midsomer Norton site, especially as the railroad wants to find secret facilities before the locomotive is moved. The SDRHT says restoration can continue where the locomotive is currently in storage, especially since the chassis has been put in for a number of hours and spent thousands of pounds.

92207 is classified as a long-term restoration project and has 10 years to complete the restoration. The Trust says that although their line is only a mile long, it hopes the locomotive will help keep the line going and also be a railway ambassador when it visits other heritage railways.

S&DRHT Chairman Stephen Lacey said the locomotive will become the railway’s “crown jewel” and the scale of the challenge should not be underestimated.

It is estimated that the restoration of 92207 is expected to cost over £500,000. About 75% of the parts exist, although a new tender is necessary.

While a new tender tank and new frames will be needed, wheel sets from a class 40 locomotive have been purchased and other parts obtained – the railway also says they may consider borrowing a tender from another group if their locomotive is out of traffic.

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Jose P. Rogers