An article on the Isle Of Man Steam Railway Supporters’ Association website talks about the fact that they made the offer to reassemble and cosmetically restore the railway’s original steam locomotive, No.1 Sutherland. The proposal would see the work funded by the Association, this would include the purchase of the necessary replacement items and rectification work, at no cost to the Isle of Man Taxpayer.
If the proposal goes ahead, this would be the second of the group’s projects in its 50th Anniversary year. The first project was the installation of a replica station name board at Union Mills on the former Douglas to Peel line.
No.1 Sutherland is the original 1873 locomotive of the Isle of Man Railway Company. The locomotive was restored to steam with a borrowed boiler from No.8 Fenella for its 125th anniversary in 1998. The agreement was for the engine to run for 3 years and then the boiler would go back into No.8 Fenella. After a brief extension this duly happened and No.1 was to have been put back together with its old components, namely unserviceable boiler and tanks and then the locomotive was to be placed on static display.
Unfortunately, due to work commitments with the serviceable locomotives the steam workshop staff have never been able to devote the time necessary to cosmetically restore the locomotive.
The railway’s original locomotive No.1 Sutherland at Douglas Station in September 1971 taken by Peter Robinson