After a lengthy restoration from scrapyard condition, Boscastle gave enjoyment to many visitors to the Great central railway over a 7 year period. Because of its impressive size it was used frequently on the 'Drive a Locomotive' experiences offered by the railway.
However, major problems with the firebox necessitated its withdrawal from service. Many life expired components required replacing, which due to the lack of equipment and replacement parts, had not been possible during the original restoration.

Since the boiler had to be stripped down for examination to take place, it was a logical decision to overhaul the entire locomotive.
However the likely cost of such an overhaul was completely beyond the resources of the owning group, which transformed itself into a private limited company in 2005 - Boscatle Locomotive Limited - with the sole purpose of returning 34039 Boscastle to working order and maintaining it in that state.

To that end the company engaged a professional contractor to carry out the bulk of the work, assisted by a team of volunteers, they are now four and a half years into the job.
You can see the quality of their work in the 'Overhaul' pages which follow.


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As this first overhaul proceeds, costs have escalated as more work is found to be necessary - the legacy from the engines run down condition when withdrawn by British Railways. This is the common experience of loco. owning groups in similar situations, it is essential to state that we do not currently have funding to see the job through to completion. With the rolling chassis of the locomotive at an advanced stage, work on the boiler/ firebox is our next and most immediate challenge.

Currently the company has 90 shareholders, and the 'How you can help' page shows ways in which you can help us to achieve our vision to see this fine locomotive back in steam as soon as possible.
   Reversion to volunteer-only labour is not a realistic option.