A question we’re asked every so often is “What’s happening with “Stanhope”?”. Apedale’s favourite steam loco has been undergoing its ten year overhaul – the second since it was originally restored, which is making everyone feel very old. The loco is stripped down at Apedale, with the boiler currently away at the contractors. The boiler was new when the loco was first restored, and has stood the test of time. It is having the firebox wrapper corners replaced plus other fairly minor jobs and the usual re-tube. Shown in the photos (courtesy Graham Townsend) are the new corners plus NDT of the boiler barrel being undertaken. With a following wind, the loco may steam again in 2020, but nothing is ever certain where steam traction is concerned. Watch this space….