Many thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund for part-funding the project to complete GWR 4930 'Hagley Hall's restoration.
This month marked the 10th Anniversary of the return to the Severn Valley Railway of 4930 “Hagley Hall”, following its eight-year display at Swindon Outlet Centre. In an intricate operation on 7th June 2007, 4930 was winched out of its home inside the former GWR Swindon Works, and placed on a low-loader for the road trip back to Kidderminster.
Following an overnight stop at Allelys Heavy Haulage Depot at Studley, 4930’s onward journey to Kidderminster incorporated a small diversion at Hagley, where, by kind permission of Lord Cobham, the locomotive made a short stop at the stately home after which it was named.
As we enter
the New Year, recent work on 4930’s tender frame is nearing completion,
with all new steelwork now riveted into position at the rear of the
structure, and awaiting several coats of paint.
Meanwhile, Bridgnorth Works’ painters have been hard at work transforming the new tender tank from red ochre to a more pleasant green undercoat.
the scenes, research is under way to source original Hall cylinder block
engineering drawings. Cylinder Block replacement will be a costly
additional expense, but will ensure that 4930 will hopefully run for a
further half century and beyond. Please support our continuing
fund-raising, as work on the restoration enters several new phases