Steam Locomotive Restoration Under Way

The Midland Railway – Butterley is going ahead with the restoration of locomotive 47357.

This is one of the London Midland and Scottish Railway 3F tank locomotives and was built in 1926 at the North British Locomotive Company works in Glasgow. After an active career she was withdrawn in 1966 and sent to the famous Woodham Bros. scrapyard in South Wales. Fortunately she was rescued for the Midland Railway – Butterley and was restored to working order, becoming the first main line steam locomotive to operate trains from Butterley Station back in 1981. It has run many miles at the Midland Railway – Butterley before being withdrawn for major overhaul.

The boiler has gone to the North Norfolk Railway where it is being restored to full working order, the axleboxes are being restored at the Great Central Railway, whilst the chassis is being restored by the railway’s own volunteers at Swanwick Junction.

It is hoped that all these parts can come together to enable 47357 to return to steam in early 2018, when it can reclaim its position as the mainstay of passenger trains at the Midland Railway – Butterley.

Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust’s Development Officer, said “This is the first part of a scheme to bring several locomotives back into service with its sister 47445 making steady progress back to steam for the first time in preservation and then we will have chance to look at others, including Derby built class five73129 which needs extensive boiler repairs.”

Photograph from 1981.

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