If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Steam Locomotive Restoration of the Decade 2010-2019

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Pete Thornhill, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. weltrol

    weltrol Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    2,165
    Likes Received:
    283
    If it was diesels.... 45 015...
     
  2. ghost

    ghost Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Messages:
    2,465
    Likes Received:
    1,730
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    N.Ireland
    You are Stuart Reeder and I claim my prize! ;):)

    Keith
     
    Spamcan81, The Saggin' Dragon and 35B like this.
  3. DismalChips

    DismalChips Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2016
    Messages:
    389
    Likes Received:
    355
    Location:
    9A
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    80097?

    For me it's probably 35018, because I love a Merchant Navy.

    But to agree with a post above, I am constantly astounded at the effort and love that goes into every restoration, and to bring something back to life half a century after it was consigned to history is tremendous.
     
    jnc likes this.
  4. weltrol

    weltrol Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2008
    Messages:
    2,165
    Likes Received:
    283
    :Nailbiting::Nailbiting::Nailbiting::Angelic::Angelic::Morewaitingisrequired: Happily I am not the person in question... nor Alf Roberts.
     
    35B likes this.
  5. 35B

    35B Resident of Nat Pres

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2011
    Messages:
    11,253
    Likes Received:
    7,875
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Grantham
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I accept the observation, and the scale of the work, but find the differences much harder to observe in many cases. Subjectively, I'd be more willing to nominate (30)506 than (31)263 in this category, based both on my understanding of the scale of work and of the time out of service.
     
  6. Jamessquared

    Jamessquared Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    17,429
    Likes Received:
    27,371
    Location:
    21C102
    Oi! What’s this (31) business all about? The loco is 263 ... :)

    Tom
     
  7. Richard Roper

    Richard Roper Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2006
    Messages:
    609
    Likes Received:
    385
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Librarian
    Location:
    Halifax, but almost in Sowerby Bridge
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    I think that both 75069 and 76017 both fall more or less into the "Restoration" category more than the "overhaul" category, after years of outside storage since previous tickets expired.

    Richard.
     
    jnc and S.A.C. Martin like this.
  8. Robin

    Robin Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2012
    Messages:
    761
    Likes Received:
    769
    Location:
    Stourbridge
    If 75069 isn't a restoration then I'd certainly nominate it for overhaul of the decade! There are some very worthy nominations so far, and every restoration deserves enormous credit.

    (Tin hat on) 35018 has performed well on the main line and I can understand why people are glad to see it restored. It will probably win the vote based on the locomotive's popularity. However when you have the resources of David Smith and Carnforth, then to me the restoration itself is nothing more than I would expect. So I would opt for one of those miraculous restorations by a small team with limited resources in a little shed somewhere, and since nobody has mentioned it yet I'll say 6989 Wightwick Hall at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.
     
    jnc, Johnme101, Mick45305 and 5 others like this.
  9. pmh_74

    pmh_74 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2009
    Messages:
    1,466
    Likes Received:
    708
    Since it returned to traffic in January 2010 am I allowed to nominate LMS 3F 47406? Granted the restoration was basically ‘done’ in the previous decade but the transformation from basically a ‘boiler on wheels’, and nearly all done by the owner and a few of his mates in their spare time, was quite an achievement.


    (Edit: corrected previous text which somehow skipped a decade!)

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2020
  10. S.A.C. Martin

    S.A.C. Martin Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    3,487
    Likes Received:
    4,489
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Apprentice Rail Engineer, MNLPS Treasurer, Author
    Location:
    Sidcup, Kent
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Hardly nitpicking if it is factually accurate though Ralph?
     
  11. RalphW

    RalphW Part of the furniture Staff Member Administrator Friend

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2005
    Messages:
    30,828
    Likes Received:
    5,479
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired-ish, Part time rail tour steward.
    Location:
    Northwich
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Ah but what is factually correct, a book written by someone you admire and believe everything they have said is correct, or something that has been passed by word of mouth down generations, or something that you saw in its original state?
     
    jnc likes this.
  12. The Saggin' Dragon

    The Saggin' Dragon Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Messages:
    15,032
    Likes Received:
    5,374
    Location:
    1012 / 60158
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
  13. S.A.C. Martin

    S.A.C. Martin Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    3,487
    Likes Received:
    4,489
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Apprentice Rail Engineer, MNLPS Treasurer, Author
    Location:
    Sidcup, Kent
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Ralph. Find me a photo of a jubilee in the 1960s in BR late crest over an LMS inspired livery then.

    Find me an MN in express blue when rebuilt in the late 50s.

    Find me a crimson 8F in LMS or BR days.

    And so on and so forth...

    Being contrarian might be fun but it undermines the seriousness of research and work that other people have put into their restoration work.
     
    jnc, LMS2968 and Jamessquared like this.
  14. S.A.C. Martin

    S.A.C. Martin Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    3,487
    Likes Received:
    4,489
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Apprentice Rail Engineer, MNLPS Treasurer, Author
    Location:
    Sidcup, Kent
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    The Saggin' Dragon likes this.
  15. Kylchap

    Kylchap Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2015
    Messages:
    311
    Likes Received:
    525
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    East Anglia
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
  16. johnofwessex

    johnofwessex Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2015
    Messages:
    5,369
    Likes Received:
    3,574
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Thorn in my managers side
    Location:
    72
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Now if Stanier, Gresley or Bulleid had produced a UK version..................
     
  17. LesterBrown

    LesterBrown Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Messages:
    892
    Likes Received:
    648
    Location:
    Devon
    Is everyone forgetting that it was actually inspired by Manorbier Castle?
     
  18. RalphW

    RalphW Part of the furniture Staff Member Administrator Friend

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2005
    Messages:
    30,828
    Likes Received:
    5,479
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Retired-ish, Part time rail tour steward.
    Location:
    Northwich
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    No it doesn't, it presents a different approach from the narrow view that if it's not original down to the last rivet, then it's wrong.
     
    andrewshimmin, Bluenosejohn and Jimc like this.
  19. Jimc

    Jimc Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2005
    Messages:
    3,010
    Likes Received:
    2,578
    Occupation:
    Once computers, now part time writer I suppose.
    Location:
    SE England
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    The trouble is if you keep extending the meaning of a word it ends up not meaning anything at all. I submit that restoration should not apply to any process that could have happened in a railway factory during normal working life, which could include almost complete renewal (another complex word in this context) of any component, but crucially to my mind was starting with something running or at least fundamentally runnable.
     
    jnc likes this.
  20. Jimc

    Jimc Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2005
    Messages:
    3,010
    Likes Received:
    2,578
    Occupation:
    Once computers, now part time writer I suppose.
    Location:
    SE England
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    As Lester notes Collett did, and is not praised for it...
     

Share This Page