The ‘Dragon’ stirreth or How many men does it take to put the boiler back into a locomotive
The answer would appear to be 15, (with a bit of help from a 50 Ton Craven Breakdown Crane no. 1015/50 belonging to the Bahamas Locomotive Society at Ingrow.
In Haworth Yard on Monday 31st August 2020 a massive step forward was taken in the overhaul of the engine made famous by the Railway Children film, the ‘Green Dragon’.
957 was built in 1887 making it over 130 years old and is close to being reborn into it’s next life. Reappearing in fictional Green livery, the engine was due to star in the 50th Anniversary of the filming of the ‘Railway Children’ but sadly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this could not take place, nor could the overhaul be finished in time when the Railway locked up it’s doors in March.
Now the Railway is ‘back in action’ the overhaul can carry on and here the next big step in the engines overhaul takes place, with the boiler being lifted into the frames of the engine.
Further work is needed before it can start to turn wheels but it won’t be long before we see the ‘Green Dragon’ racing through Mytholmes tunnel once again!