A new build locomotive for Corris Railway in Mid Wales could be steaming for an open day at Ross-on-Wye engineers Alan Keef Ltd’s on September 24.

Footplating work is well advanced on number 10, the Falcon and the saddle tank will be assembled by Corris Railway volunteers in the East Midlands to save money, before delivery to Alan Keef Ltd’s workshops.

Staff from Alan Keef have visited Talyllyn Railway at Tywyn to check details – particularly the blast pipe arrangement – of Corris number 3 engine, a forerunner of the new loco.

Even if the new loco is steaming in September, more work still needs to be completed before it enters service at Corris next year. 2023 marks the 140th anniversary of steam services being introduced at Corris, headed by a trio of locomotives, ancestors of the new engine.

Donations for the new loco, which are needed to meet the target dates, can be made online at www.corris.co.uk or cheques, payable to Corris Railway, can be sent to Peter Guest, 38 Underwood Close, Callow Hill, Redditch, B97 5YS.


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