Mar 22 2009
‘William Murdoch’ and ‘Birkenhead’, two of the workhorse locomotives of the Southall- based GWR Preservation Group, are both now fully back in steam, after having remedial engineering and restoration work undertaken on them and completed during the last year.
‘William Murdoch’, Peckett locomotive No. 2100, needed a ten-year overhaul and, now that this has been completed by our Boilersmith, the locomotive is back in full steam and working order. It is now available for short-term hire for the remainder of 2009.
‘Birkenhead’ No. 7386, by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn Ltd, has also received a 10-year overhaul and is also ready for operational use. As soon as possible it will be transported to the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway in Oxfordshire, for their use till the end of this year, 2009.
GWRPG’s other locomotives, the Ruston & Hornsby Diesel No. AD251 and local AEC Class 4wDM No.1 continue to supply motive power at Southall for moving stock around the site.
GWR heavy goods locomotive No. 2885 remains at the Birmingham Moor Street station on static display and our GWR Prairie No. 4110 is within the workshops at nearby Tyseley undergoing full restoration work.
All of our power units have also created interest for passengers in passing trains on the western region line and many comments have been left on our website.