Having announced in November 2019 a target of £44,000 to complete work on the motion of its new steam locomotive, “Falcon” No. 10, the Corris Railway has seen a very gratifying level of support. £30,000 is now to hand and committed to allow construction to continue at the workshops of Alan Keef Ltd near Ross-on-Wye.
Construction of the engine has, amongst other work on the “bottom half”, seen the trailing pony truck put in place making No. 10 into an 0-4-2 for the first time.
Commenting on the project Andy Cooper of the Corris Railway Society said:
We are very grateful to everyone who has made a donation towards the target of having the driving wheels and motion being moved by compressed air at Keef’s Open Day in September. There have been a number of one off donations, some very generous indeed, many Society members paid “extra” when renewing their memberships and we have a steady cash flow from standing order payments. £14,000 remains to be raised to reach our target but if we can get there in the next few months we will be a major step along our way to having two steam engines based on the Corris for the first time since 1948.
Donations towards the “Falcon” can be made online at www.corris.co.uk or cheques payable to Corris Railway can be sent to Peter Guest, 38 Underwood Close, Callow Hill, Redditch, B97 5YS. Peter can also supply details of regular payments by standing order and anyone able to pay £20 or more a month for 30 months will receive a limited edition print of No. 10 by Jonathan Clay.