Foxcote News 2021
Work Continues at the West Somerset Railway
Is there an end in sight for the Covid pandemic? Who knows!
What we can say is that, 7822 is going to be looking good when the heritage lines of Britain reopen to visiting stay-cationers.
Martin Fuller and some of the team at the WSR have been busy getting Foxy ready for that day and the progress has been fantastic. Martin leaves nothing unlooked at and it shows when you see the enormous amount of tasks completed. Members will read about this in our next newsletter which is due out in the coming weeks.
7822 Signs Up to WSR for the Next Few Years.
The board for the FMS has made a decision to take up the offer of signing up with the West Somerset Railway for the remainder of the boiler ticket.
This wasn't an easy decision as we know what the Manor means to those further north, but given the situation of our home railway at Llangollen, we felt there was no better or viable option. We have enjoyed a professional relationship with the WSR and we are looking forward to this continuing.
7822 passed its boiler test in March 2016 so there is potentially 5 years to go, but nothing is ever certain in the steam railway game.
Foxcote Manor Leaving Llangollen
Thursday March 26th will see 7822 depart Llangollen as booked for a return to the West Somerset Railway. Jeremy Hoskings 9F No.92212 will arrive by road in North Wales for overhaul and the return journey will see heavy haulage contractors S.A Smith take 7822 back to Somerset.
It will be sad to see 7822 leave her spiritual home but it is necessary if we are to do the best for the locomotive. It has been great to see, drive and fire her in North Wales at the only standard gauge preservation line in the area.
Steam Running Cancelled Due to Coronavirus.
The virus has now bitten the steam movement. With restrictions on gatherings and the importance of stopping the spread of Covid-19, all of the UK's preserved lines have stopped running which means there will be dire effects for railways and locomotives alike. The budgeting for the year is out of the window and we are all on the back foot a little.