The UK's last remaining unrestored 'Castle' class locomotive is finally returning to steam.
After spending more than 50 years in various sidings around the UK, BR(W) Castle class 4-6-0 7027 Thornbury Castle has a new owner and is now being restored to working order.
7027 was purchased from the Waterman Railway Heritage Trust in 2016 and is now in under-cover storage in Somerset. The locomotive is wholly owned by Kinlet Hall & Thornbury Castle Ltd, part of the JJP Holdings (SW) Ltd group. A long term plan to completely restore the 1949-built locomotive has been drawn up and, as the overhaul of stablemate No 4936 'Kinlet Hall' nears completion, 7027 will move to the Birmingham base of the Tyseley Locomotive Works.
Once complete and steaming again, 7027 will complete testing and running-in turns on the West Somerset Railway. The loco will then be available for hire to railtour operators, having gained certification to run on the UK's national network.
You can follow progress by checking our Latest News page or by following our Facebook page.
There's also opportunities for volunteers to get involved. The bigger our team, the sooner this very special locomotive can return to steam! If you want to join our support team, please use the form on the Contact page.
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