6024 News – April 2020

At this difficult time we feel it is important to bring news of 6024. As you will appreciate all work on the overhaul at Minehead has had to cease. Government guidelines put the core of our working party in the “vulnerable” group and the West Somerset Railway has closed its doors for the foreseeable future.

The late return of the boiler had already made our intended completion date of April 2020 unrealistic. We had started to work towards having 6024 near complete for its 90th birthday in late June. Clearly this is also no longer going to be possible. It is extremely frustrating that after an excellent start to 2020 we can no longer predict when the locomotive will be completed.

That is the bad news but it is not all doom and gloom! There has been much progress in the past few months, a summary follows spread across several posts.