Following almost a year of negotiations, the Society's collection of boiler spares have been acquired by the Ivatt Diesel Recreation Group. They will be reunited with the former steam heat boiler from 55019, which was also purchased by the group in 2020 - a Deltic being about the only type of boiler which will fit in their re-created loco.
Lockdown restrictions have delayed their despatch, but, following approval by Barrow Hill management, Graham Clarke and Mike Hallam-Rudd were allowed on site separately on January 9, and the parts departed for their new home at Wirksworth, being unloaded later in the day. We wish the IDRG all the best with their project to recreate one of the LMS 'twins'.
For a more detailed story and pictures, please see the forthcoming issue of Deltic Deadline.