Restoration of No. 2807 by Cotswold Steam Preservation started on its rescue from Woodhams scrap yard at Barry in 1981. The process was long and at times painful, but it is now possible to see the fruits of all this labour.

Three Objectives

Restoration centred on three main objectives:
  • restoring the loco chassis
  • restoring the boiler, re-staying and re-tubing
  • restoring the tender to operational state


Work on the chassis included:
  • shot blasting and re-painting the frames
  • manufacturing a new axlebox and fitting axleboxes to frames
  • re-profiling driving wheel tyres and journals
  • repairing collision damage on frames
  • front buffer re-alignment plus new springs
  • re-wheeling of the loco
  • fitting new running boards, splashers, cab panels
  • fitting oil boxes and pipework
  • fabricating cab windows, smokebox dart etc.
  • fitting the coupling rods
  • refurbishing the vacuum braking system
  • designing, manufacturing and fitting a steam heat system
  • completing, fitting and piping up injectors
  • completing and fitting cylinder drain cocks


Work on the boiler included:

  • removal of some old stays
  • replacement with new stays
  • replacing wasted metal around the firebox
  • designing and building a new ashpan


Work on the tender included:

  • manufacturing a new well tank
  • replacing wasted side panels
  • manufacturing and fitting baffle plates
  • cutting and welding new plating for the top of the tender
  • replacing wasted pipework and fitting new water valves

Overview of the last few stages of the plan to complete No. 2807

01/2010  Complete backhead pipework

02/2010  Remove boiler from chassis
02/2010  South Devon re-tyre driving wheels
02/2010  Re-wheel chassis

03/2010  Boiler hydraulic test
03/2010  Boiler steam test
03/2010  Transport tender to Llangollen

04/2010  Re-unite chassis and tender
04/2010  Re-unite chassis and boiler

05/2010  Final steam test

06/2010  Start test running at Llangollen

07/2010  Move loco to Toddington
07/2010  In service on G.W.R.

Now complete and steaming, No. 2807 shares in the duties at The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The railway runs between Cheltenham and Toddington via Winchcombe, all in Gloucestershire. The line is more than ten miles in length, giving larger locomotives a sensible length of run. The next target for the railway is an extension to Broadway, Worcestershire.

Ironically, steam freight engines are very suitable for passenger services on preserved heritage railways. Preserved railways typically have a speed limit of around 25 miles per hour. Express passenger locomotives are designed for speeds much higher than this and are not so comfortable at these low speeds. Freight engines on the other hand are designed to run at lower speeds hauling heavy trains. For this reason they tend to be more at home at preserved railway speeds.

They can also be used for freight charters where they are of course doing the job for which they were designed, hauling freight trains at moderate speed.

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