Fundraising success sees Wheldale overhaul begin

ONE of the last steam locomotives to work commercially in the UK – Hunslet ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST No. S134 Wheldale – is on the steam comeback thanks to the fundraising efforts of the locomotive’s support group.

The Friends of Wheldale has raised in excess of £130,000 towards the cost of overhauling the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway loco, which is expected to cost well over £200,000 to complete.

Wheldale pauses at Prior’s Lane during its move from Bolton Abbey to Embsay on June 6. TONY WRIGHT

However, the funds from the Friends will cover the cost of the bottom-end overhaul at the Statfold Barn Railway, and on June 6 a sorry-looking Wheldale was moved from open-air storage at Bolton Abbey, and taken to Embsay, where the overhaul has begun.

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