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7027 Thornbury Castle

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by svrhunt, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. GWR4707

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    There are people much more informed than I am to respond, but from what I have read previously I understand that there is definitely a bogie along with loads of other stuff that never left Crewe, in terms of the tender I am sure I saw photo's years back of a Collet tender along with a new Hawksworth tank (as apparently this was how Waterman remembered them which suggests that the photo's were probably in one of the many historic articles regarding Watermans plans for her)?

    Edit - she had a Collet tender at Buckfastleigh in the 1990's - not my picture https://www.flickr.com/photos/duke_of_milan/5900016213
     
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    The loco was an fairly early escapee from Barry, so i should imagine there are most of it in store somewhere in Crewe, or held as spares at Tysley , i believe it was stated by the new owner that most, if not all of the loco is availible either at tysley or Crewe .
     
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    In response to recent posts regarding the various other bits of the 'Thornbury Castle', I can confirm that there still remains two tender tanks (its original Collett one plus a new build (1990s Hawksworth), a tender chassis and the relevant wheel sets, its front bogie and wheels plus a container with a large number of parts that were removed when it was initially stripped down by Crewe Heritage Centre volunteers in the late 1990s. Hopefully these will soon be departing for its new home in the South West. This should then help with the tidying up of the Heritage Centre site generally in time for its 30th Anniversary in 2017.
     
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    I have just watched an item on BBC Points West of 7027 being unloaded and, more recently, inside the shed with volunteers with spanner and wire brush as background to an interview with the owner

    Available on Catch Up later I would imagine

    Patrick
     
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    I just watched the report on iplayer (search for BBC points West). It starts at around 17 minutes 10 seconds into the evening programme. If anyone wants to watch it you have to hurry though as the programme expires at 2pm tomorrow.

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    Think this is it Points West, Evening News: 22/08/2016: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07nr6jt via @bbciplayer
     
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    For those wanting to see and find out more about Thornbury Castle, she wil be on display at the Crosville Bus and Steam Rally, Weston-super-Mare today Sunday 11 September between 10.00 and 16.30. She can be viewed during guided tours of the Crosville Bus depot. A free heritage bus service connects Weston sea front, railway station, the depot and the rally site at the Helicopter Museum. The new owner has this week collected the Collett tender and Hawksworth tender tank with a host of other spares. The weather is excellent here so I hope everyone has an enjoyable day. See: www.crosvillemotorservices.co.uk/enthusiasts/crosville-open-day.php
     
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    I know that this is a complex 4-cylinder loco but, to my semi-trained eye, there appears to be most of what is required to bring this magnificent "Castle" back to life. Compared to some "Barry inmates" this one looks as if it will be relatively* straightforward!
    (*Relatively - an optimistic adjective used by railway enthusiasts to mentally prepare themselves to tackle projects which would otherwise seem impossible.)
     
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    Thornbury Castle's owner has just launched a new website devoted to the loco and its restoration. I must admit that I had quite a lot to do with it as well!

    http://www.thornburycastle7027.co.uk/

    Not much physical activity going on at the moment because most resources are being directed at 4936 'Kinlet Hall' and its overhaul. A Supporters' Club will be launched in the near future so that fundraising and volunteer efforts can be properly coordinated.

    Check out the site and use the Contact Us page (or any other means, such as the 7027 Facebook page) to register your interest. We're so keen to get people involved at this stage that we're likely to bite your hand off. On second thoughts, we might want you to wield a spanner with it so perhaps a very warm welcome will have to suffice!
     

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    The latest Steam Railway includes a fascinating interview with Jon Jones-Pratt, the new owner of 7027 and 4936. Well worth a read - it's an excellent article. His enthusiasm for his engines comes across very strongly. After reading it, I found myself very much hoping that one day, I'll be able to add 7027 to the list of Castles I have enjoyed a run behind on the main line.
     

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