The West Somerset Railway plc and the ‘Foxcote Manor’ Society are pleased to announce that former BR(W) Manor Class locomotive No. 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’ has been assigned to the West Somerset Railway for the remainder of the life of its boiler ticket.
This gives the West Somerset Railway a coup with two Manors for the next five years, until the loco’s current ‘ticket’ expires on March 22nd 2026. ‘Foxcote Manor’ has been a regular and popular performer at the WSR since late 2017, clocking up over 150 days of action in 2018 alone.
The engine is currently undergoing an extensive programme of winter maintenance at Minehead MPD. This has included the manufacture of a new spark arrestor; chimney cowl; cab floor; ashpan spray, and feedpipe cladding covers. Various fittings and mechanical jobs have also been attended to.
No. 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’ will join the WSR’s own resident Manor, No. 7828 ‘Odney Manor’ and Mogul No. 9351, plus Large Prairie 5101 Class No. 5199 which is on hire for the 2021 season.