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 RPSI wins major HRA award
The RPSI has won the Heritage Railway Associations 'John Coiley Award for Locomotive Preservation for 2004' "for the restoration, during a challenging period, of the oldest operating mainline locomotive in the British Isles, Class J15 0-6-0 locomotive No.186, built in 1879 by Sharp, Stewart & Co. for the Great Southern & Western Railway".

No.186 charges through Marino on her first pasenger working. 15th August 2004.  P Lockett
No.186 charges through Marino on her first pasenger working. 15th August 2004.  P Lockett

This prestigious award is one of the HRA Annual Awards, which recognise outstanding contributions to railway preservation.  It was instituted in 2000 in memory of the late Dr. John Coiley, first keeper of the National Railway Museum.  For a trophy, the NRM has loaned a spring-loaded locomotive safety valve dating from the 1830s, of the type designed by Timothy Hackworth and first used on the Stockton & Darlington Railway an early and vital development in railway safety.  The cost of making the display case and mounting the safety valve in it was met by the Friends of the National Railway Museum.

No.186 is the oldest survivor of the most numerous class of locomotive (diesel or steam) ever operated in Ireland and is by 25 years the oldest steam locomotive currently passed to operate on a mainline railway in the U.K.  Her overhaul marks her own 125th birthday and the 40th birthday of the RPSI.

RPSI Vice Chairman Johnny Glendinning commented "The quality of No.186 following her latest overhaul, recognised by this award, is testament to the first class engineering expertise we have in the RPSI and is a fine present for the RPSI's 40th anniversary year."

A major accolade for: 

  • Our members and the public, whose support for the 186 Appeal raised funds to make the overhaul possible.
  • Peter Scott, the RPSI Locomotive Officer, whose dedication in driving his team of volunteer and paid staff at Whitehead has provided a high quality locomotive overhaul.
  • the RPSI in its 40th anniversary year.

Keith Moffatt, Translink Chief Executive, re-launches 186 at Whitehead on 23rd July 2004.
Keith Moffatt, Translink Chief Executive, re-launches 186 at Whitehead on 23rd July 2004.
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