The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway are working hard to achieve the aim of returning Ivatt 2MT Tank 41241 back into running order in time for the preserved railway’s 50 Anniversary celebrations that will take place in June 2018. 41241 is the flagship locomotive of the KWVR. The tank engine was made famous for piloting the railways first service train, after the branch line re-opened as a preserved railway in June 1968. It would be fitting therefore for 41241 to be back in action in time for the railway’s golden anniversary. However, for this to happen, the railway requires a total estimated £200,000 to pay for the overhaul, that will involve major repairs to the tanks, boiler and firebox.
Earlier in the year, the railway launched a “sponsor a boiler tube” appeal to begin raising the required funds. This appeal is 90% subscribed and the boiler is now with the Severn Valley Railway for overhaul, due for completion in 2018. But the boiler is only one part of the project, that includes (amongst other things) largely replacing the time-expired firebox, replacement of parts of the motion, new valve and piston rings and extensive repairs to the ash pan.
The railway has recently created a number of sponsorship packages, rated bronze, silver and gold depending on how much sponsors donate, with each level entitling you to a range of benefits. Options include monthly payments to spread the cost. Please check out the railway’s website kwvr.co.uk/ivatt-appeal for more details.