https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Östra_Södermanlands_Järnväg http://www.oslj.nu/ The prime steam locomotive news for our little railway during 2017, was that we finally after 6 months work, in December could sign a new agreement with the Swedish National Railway Museum for a renewal of the loan of the world’s only surviving original Decauville type 8 Mallet; Kosta Lessebo Jernväg No. 2, Lessebo. We have had this locomotive since 2003 and the new agreement will let us have it for another 25 years and thereafter with 10 years termination notice. This long time horizon will let us plan the investments needed to get this unique locomotive in good order. So far we have only been able to use it to a very limited extent. We have examined the boiler and it is basically sound although parts of it are original from 1891. Currently the loco is out of service waiting for a new set of tubes. Further, the running gear and machinery is quite run down, thus a large amount of work is needed to get it into shape. None of these Decauville Mallets were actually built by Decauville. Most of them were built by Tubize in Belgium, some with Tubize’s own plates attached. Four were built under licence in Sweden and Lessebo was built in 1891 by Munktells in Eskilstuna, nowadays Volvo Construction Equipment. There is a good reason why this is the only surviving loco of the type, the design is a bit old-fashioned and very “French”. Not robust or service friendly. Second news for another unique locomotive was that we got No. 10 Avesta / Hunneberg back in service. This is to the best of our knowledge, the only surviving of the once numerous small Orenstein & Koppel, 20 hp, six-coupler. This type was specifically designed for long forest railway built with very light rails of only 7 kg/m (15 lb/yd). The loco has undergone boiler repair, including new tubes, smokebox etc. Chimeny, boiler saddle and handbrake had been replaced by the previous owner with ugly welded designs. We have now been able to replace them with original O&K cast iron pieces of the correct types. The loco has been out of service since 2003 and was now reintroduced last September. The loco performed excellently, but needs replenishing of the limited water supplies on the 23 km roundtrip of our line. It is too small for our regular service, but is a very nice supplement on our steam galas. Recently we got our workshop and PW blog up and running again. It was lost during the renewal of our home page. There you may find lots of pictures, but text only in Swedish. Please feel free to ask if you want to know more about any of the jobs. http://museijarnvagenimariefred.se Coming May we will start our sixtieth traffic season, when we started in 1959 we were one of the first amateur operated railways (at least outside Wales).