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Steam rail giant restored to glory.

A 62-YEAR-OLD steam engine is to take to the rails again after being rescued from a scrapyard where it spent decades rusting away.

The steam giant - rebuilt with the help of parts from 13 other scrapped locomotives - is now unrecognisable from the graffitisprayed wreck which lay rotting away for so many years.

Now, after 76,800 hours of work by around 100 volunteers, the locomotive will start pulling passenger trains again next week.

The former Southern Railway West Country Class locomotive No. 34046, named Braunton, will operate on the 23 mile long West Somerset Railway (WSR). The engine was built in 1946 and, during a 19-year working life, ran around 779,000 miles - and, in 1959, pulled a Royal Train to Weymouth.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 22, 2008
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