Wickham Trolleys - January 2009
8 February 2009 - thanks to Jonathan Flood for this article
First in a series of Wickham News from Jonathan Flood.
At the Kent & East Sussex Railway, C101 a Type 27A Mk III Works No. 6603 of 1953 (Ex Docks & Inland Waterways Board, Hull) has now been taken on by the K&ESR P Way team with the aim of having it fully restored for use by the end of 2009. Meanwhile, Type 17 900312 (Works No. currently unknown) has been moved from its resting place alongside the railway at Rolvenden to the depot there, from where it will be moving away from the line to a private site for restoration.
DX 68058, a Type 27A Mk III (Works No. 7514) has recently been bought by a private individual who will be moving it from Rippingale, Lincolnshire where it has been based to another private site. The aim is to restore it to full working order although it requires an engine and drive-train and it is hoped it will eventually be based at the Rutland Railway Museum.
The oldest surviving Wickham on the Severn Valley Railway, Type 17 748 (Works No. 1580 of 1934) has recently been moved from Hampton Loade and restored to full working order by a small team at Highley and is paired with a dismantled Type 17A trolley (Works No. 5019 – PWM3189) which acts as a trailer vehicle.
The restoration of the oldest surviving Wickham Trolley in the UK, Type 17 Works No. 497 (DE 900332), continues at a private site. It is hoped this will be completed during 2009.
Type 17, Works Number 590 of 1932 950021 has recently been sold by the Bahamas Locomotive Society and has moved from Ingrow on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to the Cheddleton on the Churnet Valley Railway where it is to be restored by its new owners the North Staffordshire Railway Company for use by their P Way team.
DX 68013, a privately owned Type 17A (Works No. 7586) which has been stored at Ian Storey Engineering at Hepscot has had the crank case of its original JAP 1323 Twin sv engine stolen. This was bolted between the frames so would have required tools to enable its removal. If anyone has any information, please contact the Police – the Crime Number is 488 27JAN.
The restoration of ex Vale of Rheidol Type 17A DX 68061 (Works No. 4131) continues now it has moved to the Moseley Railway Trust's new site at Apedale.
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