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Scaldwell has a bright future

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by 69621, Nov 16, 2016.

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    We have some really good news to bring you...it can be summarised as follows:

    THE SOUTHWOLD RAILWAY ACQUIRES ITS FIRST THREE FOOT GAUGE STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

    Peckett 0-6-0ST “Scaldwell” of 1913
    Works Number 1316, built at Atlas Works, Bristol, for the Lamport Ironstone Company, Northampton

    The Trust is very pleased to announce that we have become the owners of a remarkably-complete three-foot-gauge steam locomotive. “Scaldwell” has been part of the Amberley Museum for many years, but no longer fits into their collection (as their onsite railway is two-foot-gauge): Amberley contacted the Trust to see if we wished to be shortlisted as potential future owners. We were then chosen to receive this important asset, which is a tribute to our growing reputation within the heritage railway movement: we are very grateful for the confidence in us shown by the Amberley Museum.
    Although the locomotive is not, of course, a Sharp Stewart, and differs in design from our own locomotives, it has its own history, being a very rare genuine Bristol-built three-foot-gauge locomotive, which worked in the essential ironstone industry during the First World War. It is considerably more powerful than the SR’s ‘Sharpies’.
    As it has been in the open for some years, it has quite a bit of superficial rust and damage – but the basics are good, as far as we can ascertain: Peckett had a reputation for over-engineering their products. It is remarkably complete, with almost all its fittings intact – and the locomotive even comes with a spare set of unused wheels and axles!
    SRT will need to raise funds to transport “Scaldwell” to Suffolk: it is hoped that the Membership will be able to provide these. If we don’t quite make it, donations from non-members will be sought. The first stage after transport will be to stop further deterioration. After that, we will cosmetically restore it for display at our new railway attraction in Southwold: volunteers are capable of doing this work. In the longer term, we plan to restore it to working order, and will be establishing a fund for that purpose: grant aid may well be possible, as this locomotive has historic importance.
    We would like to reassure members and supporters that this certainly does not mean that we are abandoning our Sharp Stewart “Blyth” project: the railway must and will have an SR-style loco: our Heritage Train will run on the SR. But most heritage railways run rolling stock which is available, practical and simple, in addition to an authentic heritage train: “Scaldwell” joins the Three Foot Gauge Railway Supporter’s Society’s Manx Northern Railway Coach, Peter Nicholson’s Motor Rail loco “Mells”, and the Chairman’s Hudson tipper, as valuable, though not SR-styled, rolling stock on our stocklist.
    We would like to establish a support group – “Friends of Scaldwell” – to take an interest in this locomotive, and help the Trust to restore it – if you are interested in taking part, please contact the Chairman, James Hewett, on info@southwoldrailway.co.uk


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    Hasn't Southwold been consistently refused planning permission?
     
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    nothing is forever, worse hurdles have been crossed by other lines. My pics from September

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    We have permission to build a heritage centre in Southwold which is where Scaldwell will eventually run


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    Just a quick update - we hope to be moving Scaldwell in February.


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    Unfortunately our chosen haulage company has now said they are unable to move the loco. So we are back to square on and looking at a bigger bill. Our chairman is in contact with a few operators, but we really do need more cash for the move. Please spread the word and hopefully we can get her to Suffolk soon


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    The loco left Amberley on Monday July 10th and was delivered by Milners to it's new home at Blyth on the Southwold Railway.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Scaldwells handover just before leaving for Southwold.
    Search Facebook for friends of Scaldwell page for loads of pictures and videos.
    She was craned on and off the low loader as she was seized up. However on arrival my son Tom and I got to work and by mid afternoon she ROLLED into her new shed.


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    The photo taken at Amberley just made me realise how big Scaldwell is for a NG locomotive. Handsome engine though.
     
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    Yes. She weighs 18tons as she sits!


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    Any plans to smarten the loco up with a lick of paint for the open days?
     

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