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Ivatt 41298 reunited with former Trustees

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On the footplate of the locomotive they saved from the scrap man in 1967, founder members of the Ivatt Locomotive Trust Peter Clarke (left) and Roy Miller.
In 2009 the Ivatt Locomotive Trust generously transferred ownership of their 4  locomotives, Class 2 2-6-2Ts 41298 and 41313, Class 2 2-6-0 46447 and Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST 3850 ‘Juno’, to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. With its principle objective of preserving four historically interesting locomotives achieved, the trust was then wound up.

Today, 20th October 2014,  former trustees Peter Clarke and Roy Miller were able to visit Havenstreet to inspect 41298, recently returned to steam, and to take a ride on the locomotive that they had spent so many years restoring.  41298 was undergoing a second steam test, the first took place back back in August.  There is still work to complete before 41298 can haul a passenger train on the IWSR, principally the installation of a Westinghouse air braking system.

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Peter Clarke in the driver's seat with Roy Miller behind as 41298 takes a run up the line.
Meanwhile on the East Somerset Railway there is more good news of Ivatt restoration.  46447, overhauled at Cranmore in a deal which saw the last remaining LBSCR E1 0-6-0T pass into the ownership of the IWSR, is now ready to enter passenger service.  Following successful steam tests and completion of painting into BR black livery, 46447  will haul its first passenger train since 1966  at 1030am on Sunday 26th October and will then remain on loan to the ESR for a 10-year period.

Details of 46447's overhaul can be found on the East Somerset Railway website.


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