8F Appeal

The 45170 Appeal – ‘Preserving Scotlands 8F’    

              Stanier 8F   45170    Restoration


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The locomotive is in the Museum. Initial work concentrated on the tender which has now been moved into the Running shed. The tender tank externals have been taken back to bare steel, found to be remarkable condition, painted with anti corrosion primer and undercoat. The accessible tender frames and  running gear has also been stripped back to the steel. The locomotive wheels have been painted and the motion has been cleaned back to the steel, polished and awaiting reassembly on the locomotive. Repairs have been carried out to the cab doors, tender hand rails and damaged threads repaired on the cylinder blocks.

The wasted areas in the coal hole and fire iron hole have been repaired and whole internal of the coal hole needle gunned primed and painted. The tank has been cleaned out and although the tank sides and floor are in very good condition some of the baffles will require sections repaired. Once the tank repairs are complete and fully painted we plan to lift off the tank and then turn our attention to the frames and running gear. The tank is now ready to be lifted off the frames. The tender tyres have been measured but the leading RH tyre will not take a turn so a new set of tyres have been ordered from Ian Riley who has these tyres in stock and will also do the tyre fitting and turning. The tender axles have been ultrasonically tested for cracks with all found to be sound.  A detailed inspection of the tender frames have been made and the front buffer plate will need to be replaced due to cracks and historical damage. The dag box although in sound condition will need its locating rivets renewed as at some time in its past has had a heavy shunt with damage to the rivets evident. The general condition of all the frames is remarkable with no corrosion evident at all. We plan to continue work on the tender  primarily on Monday evenings.

Photo By Sandy Smeaton


  • We have been able to source and purchase two injectors suitable for the loco. One injector was missing and the other in poor condition. The injectors are of a slightly different design from that of the original, but as all the pipework is missing, manufacturing new pipework to suit the replacements will not involve additional work. We have acquired a replacement pair of motion brackets that are in good condition (these hold the slide bars to the frames) as the originals have been damaged and welded in the past.
  • A new smoke box door and surround complete with all its fittings has been ordered and is due shortly. The smoke box has been inspected and found to be in remarkable condition and it is hoped to have it fitted over the winter.
  • A full set of drawings (copies of those used to build the locomotive) are being purchased from the ex NBL archive held by Glasgow University although the process of looking these out will take many months to complete.
  • The locomotive tyres have been measured and all will take a turn but this will have to wait until the locomotive overhaul proper gets underway!
  • We’ll be developing our restoration plan when funds are available, although much will depend on the resources we have for the overhaul.



The appeal has raised over £160,000.   A truly remarkable achievement!

The locomotive purchase has been entirely funded by public donation and to enable its restoration we need more Covenantors to make a regular monthly commitment to enable sufficient funds for its ongoing restoration.

I am sure this has been used by other appeals, but, an 8F for less than the price of a pint per week is remarkable!  We can do it if we all work together.

SO – get the form, sign up, get the benefits and make it happen.

 LINK to 8F on Youtube

Other fundraising activates will focus on:

  • A concerted approach to corporate sponsors where they might donate or sponsor the restoration of a particular part of the loco / tender.
  • Increasing the range of merchandise featuring the 8F
  • Regular opportunities to get up close to the locomotive.  The way that it is displayed in SRE1 is an end / side view with no opportunity to see fully round.  On regular days and subject to the availability of volunteers, we can open the area up and allow a better look and cab visits.
  • Develop and publicise the benefits of becoming a covenanter.  At this stage we currently:
    • Issue a certificate to acknowledge the contribution that the individual has made;
    • Produce a regular newsletter;
    • Issue a complementary ticket to allow the individual to travel behind the locomotive when she comes into service;
    • Have the names of all covenanters stamped on the inside of the new front buffer beam; and
    • Allow access to exclusive, covenanters only, items of merchandise.
  • Making the locomotive more attractive?

Past activities

  • In February 2016 members of the team that went to Turkey to bring the loco back gave an illustrated presentation on the trip.  Visitors to this event had a chance to see the loco and visit the cab.

We have carried out our own inspection of the locomotive and are satisfied with the general condition.  It is 95% complete and basically sound but in need of a heavy overhaul.  This particular loco saw service in Turkey under TCDD No 45170. The Locomotive was built by the North British Locomotive Co in Glasgow and first steamed on the 28th Feb 1942 after which it was loaned by the Ministry of Supply to the LMS before being converted to RH drive and shipped to Turkey in 1943.  After returning to the UK in 2011, it was on display at Shildon.

To see how the locomotive looked after returning to the UK see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obHuhpIijiw

For in idea of how it may look when restored see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwbpi-vAxEM.

Our intention is to restore her to operational condition as soon as funds allow but to acquire, display and subsequently restore it to running order will require a six figure sum. Can you help?

We will be offering various items of merchandise for sale shortly via this website to support the appeal.