We have six locomotives currently in service, including the much-loved LMS Black 5 # 5428 “ Eric Treacy ”, and its sister locomotive, the LMS Black 5 44871, which was hired to cover the immense distances traveled by our fleet of locomotives. each year – over 50,000 miles through the beautiful North York Moors and beyond to Whitby.
In addition to guest engines, NYMR resident locomotives are also in service, including: “SR S15 class # 825” built in 1920; “BR 9F No.92134” built in 1957; “BR Standard 4 Tank No. 80136”, built in 1956; plus the oldest current steam locomotive on the NYMR, “Lambton Colliery No.29”, built in 1904 – retracing over 117 years of steam locomotive development and history.
These are exciting times at NYMR – not least because, ahead of the first anniversary next month of the passing of “ The Force’s Sweetheart, ” we’re excited to announce the start of the supply review for Locomotive No. 3672 “ Lady Vera Lynn ”. .
A call to raise the £ 600,000 and over needed to fully restore the special locomotive and put it back into service currently stands at over £ 175,000, thanks to the generosity of the general public.
It is estimated that an additional £ 450,000 is still needed to fully fund this important project.
However, with the funds raised so far, the NYMR has announced the start of the restoration of the locomotive, proceeding to the tender.
The locomotive is part of the general plan of the Department of Motive Power (MPD) of the NYMR; it is hoped that the work on Dame Vera Lynn can be completed by 2024/2025, in connection with the 80th anniversary of the locomotive and the 80th anniversary of Victory Day.
Supply restoration will be undertaken by Rochdale-based Riley & Son, and involves the renewal of the supply’s all-new water tank, new springs, new axlebox bearings and a train overhaul. of brake.
Ian Foot, member of the restoration team, said: “This is a monumental step in the restoration of the locomotive; the project is doable, and determination, passion and drive are there to see it
“However, like any other steam locomotive, it does require money, and we urge anyone who would like to see it back on track on its 80th birthday to donate to the call.”
Clifford Brown, who bought Dame Vera Lynn and Repton in the late 1980s, put both locomotives in trust at the NYMR when he began to suffer from health problems.
While Repton has enjoyed regular overhauls and periods of traffic, Dame Vera has sadly been left out of action.
As we celebrate the good news, we still need your help so that we can get number 3672 Dame Vera Lynn back to steam and visitors can once again enjoy the sight and sound of this iconic locomotive!
A £ 10 donation will help buy nuts and bolts or a £ 100 donation will help buy parts such as new fire bars.
Visit the appeal website www.nymr.co.uk/DVL for more information and to find out how you can help support the restoration of this iconic locomotive.