VINTAGE TRAINS TO RETURN KOLHAPUR TO MAIN LINE DUTY

VINTAGE TRAINS TO RETURN KOLHAPUR TO MAIN LINE DUTY

  • Jubilee Class 5593 Kolhapur to be overhauled by Tyseley Locomotive Works

  • Second locomotive after Clun Castle to join the Tyseley stable in 1967

  • Gauge friendly and powerful

  • Overhaul targeted for completion in 2022 coinciding with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

  • Join the Kolhapur Club from just £5 per month or fund parts

     

Vintage Trains announces that iconic LMS Jubilee class locomotive number 5593, Kolhapur is to be overhauled and returned to the main line. 5593 was the second locomotive to join the Tyseley stable in October 1967, straight out of BR service and was one of the last of its class to run having miraculously completed an unclassified overhaul in January 1966. Having run a number of railtours during its preservation years at Tyseley, the loco has been effectively mothballed for over 20 years, coming out on static display at most of Tyseley’s Open Days, including a re-livery as pioneer 5552 Silver Jubilee in 1994.

 

For decades, there have been many requests to reinstate 5593 to its rightful place on the main line and in particular, in crimson livery, a nice contrast to GWR green! The project to do just that is an ideal way to reinvigorate the whole Tyseley team following the disruption of Covid-19 – Tyseley Locomotive Works’ acclaimed engineering team along with young apprentices is keen to deliver it – with the prospect of VT’s two original locos beside each other on the main line.

 

Vintage Trains is already involved in early discussions with the organisers of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022 on the provision of steam hauled train services during the Games. This engine will be a great ambassador for VT and the steam railway movement at this globally prestigious event as many of the class were named after Commonwealth countries.

 

Kolhapur will be an extremely useful as it is a gauge friendly/go almost anywhere engine and in its day was a familiar class on most of the routes that VT now runs with its steam charter programme. The engine is in very good mechanical condition considering its time out of service but will require a complete strip and rebuild which TLW is confident can be achieved in time for the Commonwealth Games – funds permitting.

 

And talking of funds, being part of the return of this icon to the main line is very easy by joining the Kolhapur Club with a monthly subscription from just £5 - and the sky is the only limit! Or, if preferred, there is a list of parts offered for sponsorship:

 

5593 Kolhapur Parts Sponsorship

 

Boiler/Tubes:

Small Boiler Tubes £50.00

Superheater Flue Tube £180.00

Superheater Flue Tube Bottle End £160.00

Superheater Elements £875.00

 

Other items:

Firebox Crown Stay £35.00

Firebox Steel Side Stay £6.50

Firebox Copper Side Stay £20.00

Steel Side Stay Nut £2.50

Crown Stay Nut £3.50

 

Please visit www.kolhapur.co.uk for more information.

 

Kolhapur history

 

Kolhapur was a member of the production batch of Jubilees entrusted to the great Glasgow locomotive-building factory of North British with works number 24151. Complete with tender her cost was £5866. Both engine and tender bore LMS Crimson Lake livery lined out in black and yellow. At nationalisation Kolhapur was adorned with LNWR-style black livery but eventually Brunswick Green lined out in black and orange became her familiar livery until the end. In green livery she bore the new uprated power classification of 6P.

 

As part of the BR special train programme for the rundown of steam, Kolhapur was lucky enough to receive a full unclassified overhaul at Crewe works in December/January of 1965/66. On October 15th 1967, the engine was withdrawn from service, having been purchased for preservation by 7029 Clun Castle Ltd, the locomotive arriving at Tyseley on October 20th.  5593’s final restoration (until now) returned the loco to main line service in 1985.

 

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