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The completed boiler for the replica Mountaineer

A new build replica of an original condition England Engine, to carry the name Mountaineer is currently under construction. The locomotive will be built by the 1863 Mountaineer Locomotive Ltd.

The project was announced in September 2019 and was officially launched at the Warley Show in November. The build is expected to take around three years and cost £250,000. In November 2019 the first boiler components had been delivered from Israel Newton to North Bay Railway Engineering Services where the locomotive is being assembled. The completed boiler was hydraulically tested in May 2020. With the completion of the boiler, attention was turned to construction of the wheels and axles. This will be constructed using modern methods in order to resemble the originals as closely as possible whilst meeting modern engineering safety standards.

Photo credit: User:Chrisjones

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