Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by aron33, May 22, 2016.
I quite enjoyed listening to that today!
crunching some numbers......
of the 213 Locomotives that have left Woodhams Yard since September 1968, by my count 149 or 70% of them have now been returned to steam.
Of those that have not been steamed so far :
Two are used for museum display : 35029(sectioned) & 4248
Three have been used for donor parts where frames have not been cut : 2861, 5227 & 7927 (frames used for County Class)
Three have been used for donor parts where frames have been cut : 3612, 4115 & 48518
One has reputedly had it's boiler scrapped but frames remain? 42859
Hall Class 4942 is included and will return to steam in guise of 2999 Saint Class
That leaves 54 out there that have not yet returned to steam a few of which are imminent such as 6989, 80097, 92134 for example
4150 not far away too
Quite an update in latest GWS Echo...
Springs, Brake Gear and some motion to be fitted to Chassis.
All motion parts should be delivered by end 2019.
Subject to funding boiler should be finished by Feb 2020.
Tender frames will be completed in 2019 at Didcot, tender tank construction should have been contracted by date of publishing article.
Suggestion of steaming in 2022.
I am nowt to do with the project so don't shoot the messenger, if you want to read it all yourselves either join the GWS or splash out £3.50 on the Winter 2019 Echo.
Can it be any better? https://scontent.fosl3-1.fna.fbcdn....=2a5354dfb15259e9fcadbdee7255c497&oe=5D0BCDBF
that's not the full story though. Of those restored, how many are now set aside awaiting overhaul or deemed worn out and regarded as museum exhibits only?
The Locomotives Database at http://www.heritage-railways.com/locosdb/locos.php
has records of 1433 steam locomotives, but only 434 are listed as Operational.
I suspect the figure for operational may be a little high as people tend to announce locos returning to steam, but rarely publicise locos becoming non-operational.
that's a useful resource, but I can't see how you can list operational locos.
Mark has the advantage of us. It's his database!
I use an Access front end to update the website data.
I have read some place that the County class were build to replace the older Castle class, but did this actually happen?
There was/is a suggestion that the idea was to have a 2-cylinder equivalent of the Castles, but does anyone know for sure why the Counties were built, beyond the fact that they could be built? Certainly the building of the Counties did not cause building of Castles to stop, as that continued till 1950.
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