(Above) The Sans Pareil in the workshops at Locomotion
The Conservation Workshop team at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon have unveiled their latest project – the cosmetic restoration of the 1979 replica of Timothy Hackworth's Sans Pareil, originally built at Shildon Works.
In order to operate again the locomotive needs a new boiler, but the chance was taken recently to refresh its appearance using new research into the 1829 original. which took part in the famous Rainhill Trials of that year but lost out to the more efficient Rocket locomotive, built by George and Robert Stephenson.
"Sans Pareil has never been seen in authentic 1829 condition before," said Anthony Coulls, Curator at Locomotion. "We are grateful to the National Railway Museum's early railways expert, Jim Rees, for his hard work in unearthing the true colours. We think the locomotive looks fantastic."
The vehicle is likely to visit Germany next year, but in the meantime it will take its place on display in the Museum. Visitors can also see it on display in the Workshop as the final touches are made.