Would you go loco to help SRPS foot £370,000 bill?

Locomotive is on its way to Bo'ness.
Locomotive is on its way to Bo'ness.
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The Scottish Railway Preservation Society has launched an appeal to help repatriate a locomotive, in this Year of Homecoming.

The North British Locomotive Company Glasgow-built Stanier steam machine was one of a batch ordered by the Ministry of Supply during World War Two, originally for service in Europe.

They were then given to the Turkish Government to help maintain Turkish neutrality during a difficult phase of the War.

The £120,000 price tag of the locomotive is being phased over three years and the SRPS has launched an appeal to cover that, as well as the £250,000 is it estimated it will cost to return her to service in Bo’ness.

The locomotive will be on display at the SRPS base at Bo’ness Station, Union Street, Bo’ness, on Saturday, November 15, from 11am to 3pm.

On Thursday, November 13, she will also be on display outside the SECC Hydro in front of the Finnieston Crane, where many of the NBL-built locomotives were lifted onto ships on the River Clyde to be exported.

She was first steamed in Glasgow on February 28, 1942 and was then loaned by the Ministry of Supply to the LMS before being converted to right hand drive and shipped to Turkey in 1943 where she saw service as TD45170.

She was withdrawn from service around 1986, when steam operation ended in Turkey, and was stored in a yard at Silvas.

But she and a number of other 8Fs were purchased and repatriated to the UK and featured in the Channel 4 Monster Moves series.

The locomotive, which has since been stored in the north of England, will be displayed at Bo’ness in the Museum of Scottish Railways with the eventual aim of restoring it to working order for use on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway – after an exile of over 70 years.

The 8F will be the first mainline steam locomotive the Society has purchased for many years and is a good fit with its policy of adding an NBL built LMS locomotive to the collection, an SRPS spokesman said this week.

More of the history of the locomotive can be found on www.srpssteam.com along with details on how to donate.