March 2020

At last work to start after the long delay. Quote for boiler cladding

March 2020

August 2020

Llangollen borrowed our pony truck compensating transverse beam to keep 3802 running.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Asked for progress report - work on 3814 has been severely disrupted this year by Covid 19. Cladding has arrived and will email when work restarts.

SEPTEMBER 2020

NOVEMBER 2020

Opened email with excitement but DEVASTATION - told engineering dept to close and we would have to move again after 2 more wasted years.

DECEMBER 2020

Stressful - 3rd time lucky? Do we have the strength to trust again or do we sell?

DECEMBER 2020

JANUARY 2021

Decision time. Which contractor? Must be able to have capacity to start asap. Northern Steam Engineering Limited had and is local making visits to see progress easy. Transport arranged with Andrew Goodman. Anticipated move end Feb beginning March.

16th February 2021

Devastating news - Tender Hire Agreement with Betton Grange group ( source of income ) cancelled! Tender not finished -let down by Llangollen. Not touched it for 3 years despite us paying for it to be finished.


16th February 2021

17th FEBRUARY 2021

Good news at last 3814 delivered to Northern Steam Engineering. New beginning.

14th May 2021

Ordered new tyres for loco from South Devon Railway. Not as cheap as car tyres.

14th May 2021

17th JUNE 2021

First invoices from NSEL - preparation for boiler and wheel removal

22nd JULY 2021

Tender arrived at NSEL. Delivered safely from Llangollen at last. Hope it can be finished in time.

22nd JULY 2021

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