The Isle of Wight (IW) Steam Railway's locomotive, Ivatt No. 41313 has returned to the island following a 2-year overhaul.
The IW Steam Railway contracted the East Somerset Railway to overhaul the loco on a commercial basis at its Cranmore workshops. This two year contract was completed and on 24 June the locomotive was launched into service on the ESR for tests and trials. It has now returned to the island to join the sister Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T No.41298 at Havenstreet.
To celebrate the successful restoration, the IW Railway has announced an Ivatt gala event from 26th to 28th May 2018. Not only will 41313 be operating alongside 41298 but it is agreed the ISWR owned Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0 No.46447 tender locomotive will also come over from the East Somerset Railway for this historic event.
The IW Steam Railway is currently in possession of two other Ivatt engines which, including 41313, were relocated to the island by the Ivatt Locomotive Trust ten years ago. The locos were all in need of restoration to get them back into preservation shape and in steam. The railway was assisted by its close working relationship with the East Somerset Railway. No. 41313 is the last of the three to be back in fully working order.
The 41313 will be operating alongside 41298 during the course of the gala weekend next year. It has also been agreed the IW-owned 46447 will come to the island from the East Somerset Railway for the historic event. This is the first time a tender locomotive has been seen or run on the Isle of Wight.
For more information on the event visit the IWSteamRailway website
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