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41298 Steams Again!

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is proud to announce that today, 20th August 2014, Ivatt Class 2 Tank 41298 successfully passed the boiler inspectors ‘in steam’ examination and moved under its own power for the first time since 1967.
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Ivatt 41298 in steam for the first time since 1967.
After achieving this hugely important milestone, the overhaul of 41298 will continue towards entry into passenger service on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  There is still much work to be done, the most significant being the installation and commissioning of an air braking system, absolutely essential for working IWSR trains which are exclusively Westinghouse Automatic Air Brake fitted.
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In the Goosefield Sidings, ready to go for another short test run.
41298 was built at Crewe Works in 1951. Its first shed was Bricklayer's Arms on the Southern Region where it was mainly used on empty stock workings into and out of Victoria. In 1953 41298 was transferred to Devon for work on the branch lines around Barnstaple.  Ten years later she was moved to Weymouth for employment on boat-train and local passenger turns.
A final move took place in October 1966, this time to Nine Elms where her last few months in British Railways ownership were spent on empty stock workings as a station pilot.

Steam working finished on the Southern Region in July 1967 and 41298 was purchased directly from BR by the Ivatt Locomotive Trust, still serviceable.  41298's first home in preservation was at the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire.  When the military railway closed the locomotive was moved to Quainton Road, Buckinghamshire.  It arrived on 12 December 1970 and a heavy overhaul commenced.

 In 2008, 41298 was moved to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, arriving at Havenstreet on 28th November.   In 2009 The Ivatt LocomotiveTrust generously transferred ownership of 41298 and their other locomotives to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

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41298 sets off on a test run with overhaul project leader Len Pullinger at the regulator.
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41298 travels along the Havenstreet Down Loop, one of its first movements under steam since 1967.
Photo: Gary Walker
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Photo: Gary Walker
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View from the footplate as 41298 heads for the Havenstreet Down Sidings.
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The midland style vacuum/steam brake application valve remains in its original place, the Westinghouse Drivers Brake Valve forward of the reverser is in  position for a trial fit.  All IWSR passenger stock is Westinghouse Automatic Air Brake fitted.
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Back in the Down Sidings for disposal at the end of the test steaming, 41298 makes 'Terriers' W11 & W8 appear tiny by comparison!
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41298 carries an Aylesbury Duck mascot, a reminder of time spent in Buckinghamshire!

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