For those who might not be aware, "Newstead" is a 16-inch 0-6-0 Hunslet loco that turned up at a Convent in Hertfordshire. Now based at the Spa Valley Railway, the overhaul was officially started in January this year and is progressing steadily. Brake rigging has been removed, boiler tubes extracted and other smaller jobs started. Equipment for vacuum braking has been purchased and will shortly be trial-fitted. In due course, the frames will be lifted to allow the axles to be removed and sent to have the tyres turned. With enough volunteers, we hope to have the engine nearly complete in about 3-4 years, subject to any major work uncovered as we progress (and all the other usual disclaimers.) If anyone knows of any loco buffers for sale, we urgently need four to fit to the engine. Two are life-expired, and two others are original hunslets but require a lot of refurbishment. 08-style would be preferred but anything considered. Please drop the team an email if you have or know of any. Working parties are most Wednesdays and Sundays at Tunbridge Wells West, with some Thursdays also on the cards. Drop us a message if you would like to get involved. Pictures to come shortly.