Happiness and Sadness!

Standard 4  80097

The Bury Standard 4 Group has received an early Christmas present with the return of the repaired boiler for their steam loco. The boiler has undergone a major overhaul which comprised of a complete new boiler barrel, a new lower throat plate section, new ¾ outer firebox sides, extensive copper welding to the firebox tubeplate and re-assembly.

The whole boiler repair, which was carried out by Northern Steam Engineering at Stockton on Tees, took two and a half years and has cost more than £100,000.

Now that the boiler has been returned, the Group will be able to continue with the restoration of their ex British Rail Standard Class 4 mt steam loco number 80097. The loco, which was built in 1954 and retired in 1965 when British Rail modernised to diesel and electric locomotives, spent nearly twenty years in a scrapyard in Barry, Wales before being rescued by the Group in 1985 and brought back to the East Lancashire Railway in Bury. Restoration work has steadily progressed by the Group of volunteers for over thirty years since then.

The Bury Standard 4 Group now aims for loco 80097 to be running on the East Lancashire Railway in 2018.
John Hobbs Funeral Details

John Hobbs at Ramsbottom

The funeral service will be held on Thursday 28th at 12:20 at Walton Lee Crematorium, Chester Road, Walton, Warrington. WA4 6TB

After the service there is a get-together at the Village Hotel, Centre Park, Warrington. WA1 1QA.

No flowers please-donations to McMillan Nurses-https://www.macmillan.org.uk/donate

If anyone is intending to pay their last respects and are going onto the Village Hotel, please Chris Moore – themoores2@ntlworld.com






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