Work to restore the boiler of 80097 is taking steps forward as seen in the latest pictures below with work currently focusing on the foundation ring.
The restoration being carried out on 80097’s boiler will enable the return to steam of this engine in 2016 complete with a 10 year boiler certificate. Soon after returning home it will be refitted to the locomotives frames ready for final reassembly.
80097 will then be able to work services on the ELR after running in and testing has been completed, however as always we require funding to complete the restoration. A total of £90,000 is required for the restoration.
If you would like to support the restoration then you can make a donation online via The Big Give which then can be gift aided. For every £10 donated we will receive £12.50.
Your help and support is greatly appreciated.