Epping Ongar Railway

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Epping Ongar Railway

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EOR had their steam rally on recently. Two of the visiting locos stayed on for an extra weekend, so on Saturday I went exploring the various public footpaths in the surrounding areas in search of vantage points. Pics weren't up to much as my smaller lens isn't an L series, and trains aren't my thing usually so here's the best of what I managed.

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That one damned weed...

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Despite being billed as a steam event, there were some diesels running too.

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Always got a soft spot for a GWR loco and found this interesting.

No 2999 ‘Lady of Legend’ is a recreation of the Saint Class locomotive. The gap in the ‘line of succession’ created by the absence of a Saint in the GWS collection was identified early in the Society’s history and the Centre has long held an ambition to create a working Saint to help demonstrate the GWR story to its visitors. That ambition came to fruition in 2019 with the completion of a project, 45 years in the making, to build locomotive 2999 using parts from 4942 ‘Maindy Hall’ (one of the classes developed from the Saint design). No. 4942 had been purchased in the early 1970s with the specific purpose of recreating a Saint, by reversing the process the GWR had used in 1925 when the prototype Hall Class was produced by the conversion of ‘Saint Martin’, but early attempts floundered and the prospect of success remained a dream until 1995 when the project started in earnest.

For decades, the project had been considered beyond the capability of preservationists and prohibitively expensive. However, restoration of No. 6023 ‘King Edward II’, which among other things involved construction of a new driving wheel set, proved that the Society could successfully undertake major reconstruction and refurbishment projects, and the Saint Project was born.

Major new components include three new driving wheel sets, as the Halls had 6ft drivers while the high stepping Saints sported driving wheels of 6ft 8½in diameter. Two bogie wheel sets were cast to the correct 3ft 2in size and two identical ‘half’ cylinder blocks were cast to recreate the inside cylinders fed by a straight steam pipe that was integral to the Saint design. The lever reverse was also made from scratch while the frames from No. 4942 were extensively modified and strengthened. Many other components, including the boiler, were refurbished, while still more came from surviving parts from other GWR locomotives – further testament to the far-sighted Swindon practice of standardisation. Parts include a connecting rod from 2906 ‘Lady of Lynn’ and the whistle from 2910 ‘Lady of Shalott’ and the chimney from a 68XX Class.

The new locomotive has been numbered 2999, taking the next number in the sequence allocated to the Saints – the previous one, 2998 ‘Ernest Cunard’, having been outshopped in 1913! The winning entry in the competition to name the locomotive was ‘Lady of Legend’ as it evokes the GWR practice of naming early members of the class after mythological or historical ladies.

The recreated Saint has been built with straight frames so that it can also run as an Atlantic 4-4-2, as Churchward did in the 1900s. Rear extension frames have been constructed, trial fitted and placed into store.

The £825,000 project, funded entirely by donations and bequests, means that over a century since the previous member of the class was built, an example of Churchward’s iconic 20th Century design, which influenced almost all subsequent British steam development, is back on the rails to delight, inform and entertain 21st Century visitors.

The engineering excellence that went to create 2999 was recognised by the Heritage Railway Association in February 2020 when the project won the first-ever Chairman’s special prize at the organisation’s annual awards. The project was also 'Highly Commended' at the national Museums + Heritage awards in September 2020.

These locomotives became part of the GWR brand, with their familiar Brunswick green livery, copper-capped chimneys and brass safety valve covers. The new ‘Lady of Legend’ now fills an important missing link in that brand.

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Operational
Build date
2019
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GWS Didcot

makes getting that Avro delta back into the air seem like child's play. :grinning:
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Of course the steam trains are wonderful too see, but that Sherlock Holmes is something special too! Thank you.

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A great set Dan. I do like the black & white shot, and also a mention for "Sherlock Holmes" too.

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