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August 2002

From Southampton Daily Echo, August 5, 2002

Cash puts loco work on right lines

BACK ON TRACK: Godfrey Olson (left) receives a cheque from Dr Ian Harrison of the Friends of the National Railway Museum for the restoration of the Lord Nelson. Project leader Jesse Moody looks on. Order no: h09na514

ONE of the most famous locos in the world - the legendary Lord Nelson - could be back on track for an emotional return to the main line next year. Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society is now confident that enough cash will be netted finally to restore the fire-eating giant from the golden age of steam to its former glory. The news came as Friends of the National Railway Museum handed over their latest donation of £5,0000 towards the project. Number 850 - the sole survivor from the elite class of 16 locos built in Eastleigh between 1926 and 1929 - came back to its roots in 1997 after an absence of 30 years.As part of the York-based National Railway Museum's collection, it was shipped home from Carnforth in Cumbria on a ten-year loan for full restoration by the local preservation society.

But Lord Nelson project manager Jesse Moody revealed to the Daily Echo that six months ago the situation looked grim when the loco's boiler was diagnosed as being in far worse condition than at first thought - and in need of extensive work. With little prospect of raising the cash, there were threats of taking Lord Nelson back to become a national exhibit without restoring it to working order. "That would have been a disaster," said Mr Moody, who explained that last April's lottery grant of £168,500 had turned things around. Now, specialists are working full-time on the boiler which is hoped to be back in Eastleigh early next year. "It will be a slow job putting the boiler back on - but I reckon that six to eight months after the boiler is back Lord Nelson will be back on the main line. Things are going very well at the moment and restoration is probably 80 per cent complete," said Mr Moody.

The cash from the Friends of the National Railway Museum will help the Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society meet the 25 per cent matched funding it needs to go with the lottery loot. Chairman of the Friends' South of England Group, Dr Ian Harrison, said they had previously raised donations totalling £3,400 for the Lord Nelson project. He also paid tribute to the work of the preservation society's dedicated taskforce.

From The Railway Magazine, October 2002

Further boost for Lord Nelson overhaul plan

FUNDING of the overhaul of Southern Railway 4-6-0 No. 850 Lord Nelson has been boosted by an award of £5,000 to the Eastleigh Railway Preservation Society by the South of England branch of the Friends of the National Railway Museum. This is the fifth donation by the Friends, who have now given a total of £8,400 to the overhaul. It was only a recent additional grant of £168,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which allowed boiler overhaul work on Lord Nelson to continue. Completion of the boiler work is scheduled for early next year, and ERPS volunteers have been working on the chassis and tender.