Stanhope starts

Pretty terrible weather, especially on the Saturday, rather limited outdoor working this weekend. Attention was focused on our flagship locomotive, “Stanhope”. This locally built loco (Kerr, Stuart) reached the end of its ten year boiler certification in 2018. Work has now started in earnest on the strip-down to remove the boiler, which will then be sent to a specialist contractor. The work required on the boiler is not particularly extensive. The boiler was new when the loco was first restored, and has been well-cared for in the interim.
In other news, the 4-6-0 War Department Hunslet has set off on another jaunt – this time to the Leighton Buzzard Railway. To mark the occasion, we decided on an All Leeds shunt – Hudswell diesel and Hunslet steamer.