4930 Hagley Hall is currently undergoing restoration. This locomotive is synonymous with the SVR and is owned by the Company. A great deal of work has already taken place, but there's still a long way to go before Hagley Hall can re-join the Railway's fleet of working locomotives.
Check out the latest news on how the work on Hagley Hall is progressing.
Work on 4930 is a major commitment for the Engineering Workshops at Bridgnorth, and thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £95,000, it was possible to begin work on the tender. The existing tender tank was beyond repair so a new one was made. New tyres were fitted, the axle boxes were overhauled and the chassis is undergoing an extensive refurbishment. Alongside volunteers and engineering staff, apprentices from the Heritage Skills Training Academy are playing an active part in this work.
One of the highlights of 2015 was when 4930’s boiler was lifted from the frames in the Bridgnorth Workshop. The ash pan, running plate, and heavier motion components such as pistons, valves, crossheads and slide bars have also been removed so that the heavily corroded cylinder components can be separated before their removal. SVR Engineering along with specialist contractors can then fully assess the condition of the cylinder block, and gain access to 4930’s main frames.
Dozens of smaller components are being cleaned and repainted ready for later refitting and enthusiastic members of the SVR Junior Club are helping with this.
The locomotive’s independent fund-raising support group, The Friends of Locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall, is now fully integrated into the SVR Charitable Trust, so it can maximise income through Gift Aid. Through sales and donations since 1999, the Group has raised over £100,000, and its volunteers are providing hands-on assistance throughout the project.
There are also plans to restore six historic GWR carriages. The combination of Hagley Hall with a set of chocolate and cream GWR carriages will provide a truly authentic experience for SVR passengers.
Hagley Hall's history
As the name suggests, 4930 is a Hall class locomotive, originally designed and built at the Great Western Railway’s Swindon Works under Lot 254. It entered traffic in May 1929, at a cost of £5,107.
Hagley Hall was withdrawn from main line service in December 1963, having run 1,295,236 miles, and was sold to Woodham's scrapyard in Barry, arriving there in April 1964.
It was acquired from the scrap yard for use on the SVR in 1972 and after restoration, returned to passenger working in 1979. Withdrawal from SVR traffic came in October 1986, after the locomotive suffered the failure of several boiler stays. Although this was considered an insignificant repair, with only a short amount of time left on its boiler ticket before an overhaul was legally required, such work could not be justified.
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