The National Railway Museums SR Maunsell designed 4-4-0 Schools class No. 925 ‘Cheltenham’ is nearing the final stages of its overhaul by a team from the Mid Hants Railway talking place at one of the Southern Railways spiritual homes Eastleigh Works. She steamed and moved under her own power again earlier this week.
Once final painting and fettling takes place this coming week she will be heading off to the NRM’s Railfest event at York in June before entering service on the Mid Hants Railway.
It’s great to one of Maunsell’s finest heading back to full operational service, hopefully later this year should also see Maunsell Locomotive Society’s S15 4-6-0 No, 847 and Q class 0-6-0 No. 541 both undergoing overhaul on the Bluebell Railway also joining the ranks of Maunsell locomotives in steam. There is also a chance that the NRM’s N15 Class 4-6-0 No. 777 ‘Sir Lamiel’ may also make an appearance in Post War Bulleid Livery, which hopefully will be a correct rendition unlike the mix of liveries currently being worn by their Lord Nelson 4-6-0 No. 850!
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