We report as Pride of Somerset returns to steam, and the other progress being made with this fine, 1925 Burrell double-crank road roller.
Back in steam during early August 2023 was 1925 Burrell double-crank compound No. 4004 Pride of Somerset which worked for WJ King at Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton, in Somerset. It was rallied by the late Arthur Bridge and his son Richard, who is the custodian of the engine now, and has been part of the Cheshire/Shropshire circuit since the 1970s.
The engine has just had its 10-year test and re-tube with Allison Engineering, and is now back with the very busy Richard who has to re-lag the engine and give it a full repaint. Pride of Somerset worked with a canopy for WJ King and was, at one time, with Tom Varley. It still carried the roof in preservation for some decades, which suited it well, although the structure was removed later on.
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