Current projects

GER 229

0-4-0ST 'Coffee Pot' built by Neilsons in Glasgow for the Great Eastern Railway in 1876 (works no. 2116). The frames have been overhauled and the boiler is currently under repair, involving a new firebox and front barrel section. It will return to steam in time for the 200th anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 2025, when it will be 149 years old itself!

Wallsend Slipway No. 3

0-4-0WT built by Borrows in St Helens in 1898 (works no. 37). On behalf of the Newcastle University Railway Society, investigative works have been undertaken so far.

The King

0-4-0WT built by Borrows in St Helens in 1906 (works no. 53). On behalf of Phillip Steer, extensive work has been done to the frames and the boiler substantially renewed. A return to steam in the spring of 2024 is anticipated.


0-4-0ST Built by Avonside in Bristol in 1906 (works no. 1498). On behalf of the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr railway the locomotive is being evaluated prior to completion of an overhaul started at the Llangollen Railway.

London Transport LT150, formerly 5521

2-6-2T 'Small Prairie' built by the GWR at Swindon in 1927. Returned to service in 2022 after overhaul and currently on hire to the Epping Ongar Railway.

GWR 5538

2-6-2T 'Small Prairie' built by the GWR at Swindon in 1928. On behalf of Mike Little work has been largely completed on the frames, and the boiler received a new tubeplate and smokebox. Work is currently proceeding on Mike's other locomotive, GWR 1450.

GWR 5539 (boiler)

Boiler for 2-6-2T "Small Prairie" built by the GWR at Swindon in 1938. The boiler is receiving a new backhead and outer sides, with substantial repairs to the copper box, after being dismantled at Llangollen.

GWR 1450

0-4-2T built by the GWR at Swindon in 1935. On behalf of Mike Little we are carrying out a 10-year overhaul, including a new crown to the outer firebox and other platework. The work is scheduled for completion in 2024.

King Faisal of Iraq

0-6-0ST 'Austerity' built by Hunslet in Leeds in 1944 (works no. 3183), and named at Bicester Armaments Depot for a visit by the 14-year-old king, who was assassinated in 1958 . Work has commenced on overhauling the frames, and it is anticipated that work will restart once GER 229 has been outshopped.

Earl David (boiler)

Boiler for 0-6-0ST 'Austerity' built by Barclay in Kilmarnock in 1945 (works no. 2183). On behalf of Andrew Goodman of Railway Support Services work has commenced on repairing the inner firebox which is now ready for restaying.

GWR 9642

0-6-0PT built by the GWR at Swindon in 1946. On behalf of Andrew Goodman we are overhauling the frames.


0-6-0ST 18" Hunslet (works no. 1873) built for East Moors Steelworks in Cardiff in 1937. On behalf of Mike Pearce we hav undertaken a 10-year overhaul, involving some boiler plate replacement, completed in January 2024.

No. 17

0-6-0T 18" Barclay (works no. 1338) built for the Dalmellington Iron Co in 1913. On behalf of Graeme Walton-Binns we will assemble the locomotive after it was taken incomplete from Llangollen to the Gwili Railway.


0-6-0T Hudswell Clarke (works no. 1731) built for Samuel Fox & Co of Stocksbridge, Sheffield) in 1942. On behalf of the Aln Valley Railway we are investigating the reason for irregular movement in operation, which involves lifting it to examine and measure the wheels and axleboxes.