Final reassembly of 9351 at Williton
Supporting Steam Locomotives for the West Somerset Railway
On 12th July 2019 GWR Loco 9351 was outshopped from WS Restoration at Williton and handed back to the WSR plc. It now regularly hauls passenger trains on the railway.
GWR locomotive 9351 came out of traffic in 2015 on the expiry of the 10 year boiler certificate, for a heavy overhaul. The boiler was dispatched to LNWR workshops in Crewe and the wheels were sent to the South Devon Railway for re-tyreing. By early 2019 it was clear that the resource did not exist at Minehead to get 9351 back into traffic by the 2019 Summer season for which she was sorely needed. The WSRA was asked to help and the final reassembly took place at WS Restoration at Williton. The WSRA fundraised for the cost of the work and also underwrote it, so the work could continue alongside the fundraising effort. As hoped, the locomotive was back in traffic for the main 2019 season.
The final assembly was expected to take about 120 days and for the first time we offered the opportunity for supporters to follow every step of the journey, via a photoblog on this website. The blog was updated every few days as the work progressed, along with a brief commentary.
Follow progress on our 9351 Back to Traffic blog
Donations to 9351
The 9351 fund is now closed -
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