Foxcote News 2020
7822 to make an unexpected return to North Wales
No sooner than we were thinking about 7822 not steaming again at Llangollen in her current boiler ticket, than we negotiate a return to North Wales' only standard gauge preserved line. We anticipate to run on steam days between August 29th and Mid October.
Things don't always go to plan in preservation, and this year more than most. The WSR reopen properly soon and we will be back there for that but an unforeseen locomotive shortage at Llangollen means the Manor could come in handy again as it did last Winter.
Its 35 years since 7822 made Llangollen its home, it will always be home.
All Quiet On the Western Front.
Well every front really, Covid-19 continues to threaten many heritage lines, locomotive owning groups, museums and so on. 2020 is looking like a total write- off which will have so many knock on effects for the whole movement.
We are unsure when we will see 7822 back in action, and this loss of income could be absolutely disastrous, we just hope there are better days to come. Please continue to keep the movement alive when the lockdown measures come to an end, and until then, stay safe.
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.