Posted: Sep 6, 2021 @ 13:09:39 by Russell Newman
The new build Great Western Railway 47XX Class 2-8-0 "Night Owl" No. 4709 has now relocated to Tyseley Locomotive Works at Tyseley in Worcestershire. Where its construction will continue on there work is underway on the removal of the extension frames and assembly of the entire front end of the locomotive is due to get under way immediately in readyness for the fitting of its new outside cylinders.
Posted: Jun 29, 2020 @ 13:06:44 by Russell Newman
The construction of new build Great Western Railway 47XX Class 2-8-0 "Night Owl" No. 4709 is now continuing at the engineering firm of Leaky Finders at Hele near Exeter in Devon where the locomotive is now located.
Posted: May 2, 2020 @ 10:05:18 by Russell Newman
The new build Great Western Railway 47XX Class 2-8-0 "Night Owl" No. 4709 is leaving the Llangollen Railway and is relocating to the engineering firm of Leaky Finders at Hele near Exeter in Devon. Where construction of the locomotive will continue there as 4709 is at the stage to be wheeled.
Posted: Jul 31, 2013 @ 13:07:20 by Steve Frost
Another Great Western Society project to recreate a long-lost class of loco. The 4700s were a small class of fast freight locos that hauled overnight freight trains and gained the nickname 'Night Owls'.
Becuase of Great Western standardisation of components, parts are available from ex-scrapyard locos that have been dismantled to provide the parts for projects like this. So, front extension frames, pony truck and three sets of driving wheels are from 2-6-2T 4115, cylinder block and other parts are from 2-8-0 2861, axleboxes and horns are from 2-8-0T 5227. Two new driving wheels have been recently produced and the loco frames produced and set up at Llangollen.
The completed loco should be ready by 2023, given enough funds.