Swanage launches fundraising appeal for ‘N’ class loco overhaul

 Southern Railway N class No 31874 on the Watercress Line
Swanage launches fundraising appeal for ‘N’ class loco overhaul
Published Mon, 2015-12-21 12:07

Swanage Railway hopes to have N Class No 31874 back in steam by next summer




Barry Lewis, Wikimedia Commons

Swanage launches fundraising appeal for N class loco overhaul
Swanage Railway has refreshed an appeal for funds to support the overhaul of the only surviving Southern Railway N class locomotive.
A dedicated group of volunteers require around £50,000 to carry out a major overhaul of No. 31874, one of three Richard Maunsell-designed moguls on long-term lease at the railway.
Speaking exclusively to Unseen Steam, Swanage Railway director Kevin Potts said the group hoped to return the locomotive to steam by next summer.
“The boiler is away at a professional boilersmiths at Stockton-on-Tees, meanwhile paid staff and volunteers here at Swanage are working the frames and all the running parts,” he said.
The 103-ton loco hauled passenger and freight trains across southern England for almost 40 years before being withdrawn at Guildford in Surrey in 1964. It was sent to the Barry scrapyard in South Wales where it rested for a decade before being purchased by current owner John Burch.
Swanage Railway established the Swanage Moguls Fund in September to fund its overhaul, as well as those of U-Class locomotives No. 31625 and No. 31806.
To find out more about the project, and how you can help, check out our interview with Kevin Potts here: www.unseensteam.co.uk/content/swanage-n-class-fundraiser
If you would like to donate to the fund please go to website: http://swanagemoguls.com/