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Salvaging important historical locomotive parts from abroad

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Railboy, Nov 29, 2017.

  1. Phil-d259

    Phil-d259 Active Member

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    And there lies the problem. Its only worth bringing them back to the UK if someone genuinely wants one. We already have a few 8Fs and S160 in preservation - which is why Didcot have chopped up an 8F to recreate something that never made its way into preservation.

    Moreover most Heritage railways already have a queue of locos awaiting overhaul , or in some cases still in ex Barry condition that steam fans could chip in to support rather than buying more hulks from abroad.

    While the desire to 'save' things is a noble idea, it must always be tempered by a bit of realism. The situation prevailing in the current decade is very different from the 1960s - where it could be argued that saving ANY steam loco was essential and where the availability top purchase locos most from Barry Scrapyard was not forseen.
     
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  2. 61624

    61624 Part of the furniture

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    A lot of parts for vacuum brakes, perhaps injectors too, have come back to the UK from South Africa for use in Barry restorations, which is perhaps not widely appreciated.
     
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    To say nothing of the fact that two of the three WD 2-10-0s in the UK have not turned a wheel in donkey's years.
     
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    John Petley Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps I should add "and can afford to buy it, repatriate and restore it." I can't speak for all the smaller lines in the UK, but I could well imagine there may be one or two which would love an 8F but don't have the resources.
     

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