Newstead the found engine has become Newstead the homeless engine.
The NVR board have advised us that Newstead is not wanted as part of NVR's future -
We'd like to invite serious offers of a new home at a new railway, that would love to have a 16" Hunslet -
We are looking for a group of volunteers that would relish the opportunity to take on the engine as their own -
The engine's condition;
None other than the well reputed John Glaze gave the boiler a thorough exam and found the copper firebox to be 'Gorgeous' -
The engine is complete -
5 new countersunk rivets in each foundation ring corner (total 20 rivets), crown stays, tubes, washout plugs and safety valves, with small patches to back of smokebox.
The chassis needs;
Tyres are just above scrapping size; turning or tyre replacement needed. Re-
The engine also needs vac brake and steam heat adding.
If you are a group of volunteers excited to take care of the engine, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emerging from the works of the Hunslet Engine Co. Leeds in 1924, No. 1529 "Newstead" was indeed another example of the Hunslet's 16 inch cylindered saddle tank design.
With the uncanny ability to thrive on track held together with bits of string and ability to haul loads by the ton, these engines engines were perfect all rounders for the industrial railways. Newstead, like a lot of her classmates were sent practically new to their new stomping ground and remained working there for the most if not all of its working life, Newstead, having remained a solid performer at the Woolley Colliery in Darton.
As your typical industrial, Newstead lead an uneventful working life and like most steam locomotives today, she's making herself known in preservation. Being withdrawn from Wolley in 1970, she was purchased from service by the "Steam Traction" society in Suffolk. Right up until the 1990s when the land she was stood on was sold for redevelopment.
It was at this point in history that Newstead pretty much vanished. The last reports of her sightings was in 1991. With no word on the engine, it was safe to assume that the locomotive was scrapped. This would be the last that anyone in the heritage railway circuit would hear a word of Newstead.
At least, one would think. Flashforward to 2015 and someone did ask the labeled question "What DID happen to that Hunslet Newstead?" A lot like the official statement, the database said the locomotive had disapeared in Suffolk in the 1990s. One thing lead to another, words began to be exchanged. Soon enough, a man stepped forward, claiming to know the location of this lost saddle tank.
Sounding like something out of a Thomas The Tank Engine story, the rumor lay that Newstead had indeed been secretly purchased by an old man and lovingly restored in his own time and money to full working order, seeing as this preservation purchase was compeltely private, only a handful ever knew of the engine's continued existence. But even then, Newstead would only see steam a few times before her owner succome to his age and passed on. Thus any knowlege of Newsteads existence faded away with the few who knew.
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