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HomeHeritageSteam locomotive ‘Dame Vera Lynn’ to be converted from coal to oil 

Steam locomotive ‘Dame Vera Lynn’ to be converted from coal to oil 

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has announced that it will be working with US based railroad engineering and mechanical contractor, FMW Solutions (FMW) to convert the historic and iconic steam locomotive ‘Dame Vera Lynn’ from coal to oil. 

This will be the first full-size steam locomotive oil conversion in the UK since the end of steam, and it is a crucial step forward in “future-proofing” the busiest heritage railway in the country.

Paul Middleton, Director of Mechanical Engineering at the NYMR, said, “This is a great opportunity to develop oil burning systems on our locomotives. This will help ensure our steam locomotives remain in service for future generations. Oil has many benefits, including lowering the risks of lineside fires, reducing staff hours maintaining locomotives and reducing business risk due to the unavailability of coal.”

Davidson Ward, President of FMW, said, “We are thrilled to work alongside the NYMR Engineering Department at Grosmont to convert War Department (“WD”) 2-10-0 No. 3672 as part of its upcoming overhaul. This work will be a trans-Atlantic effort, with key firing components being manufactured both at our workshop in Tennessee and by the NYMR forces at Grosmont. The final installation is anticipated to take place on the NYMR.”

No. 3672 ‘Dame Vera Lynn’ was built in 1944 by the North British Locomotive Works in Glasgow where there were 150 of these extremely powerful freight locomotives ordered for the war effort. Once completed Dame Vera Lynn was shipped to Egypt and worked there following D-Day. Clifford Brown, who purchased ‘Dame Vera Lynn’ in the late 1980s, put the locomotives in Trust to the NYMR when he began to suffer ill health.

Alongside the announcement, the two organisations recorded a video podcast ‘Restoration Roundtable’ to discuss whether oil-fired steam can future-proof preservation. The conversation is steered by Kelly Lynch (FMW), alongside Davidson Ward (FMW) and Wolf Fengler (FMW), with Paul Middleton (NYMR) and Nick Simpson (NYMR) tuning in from Pickering.

For further information, visit www.nymr.co.uk/Appeal/3672-dame-vera-lynn and to watch the video podcast visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RzAtS0XLLQ

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