Groudle Glen Railway - restoration of the Sea Lion locomotive

In January 2012 Culture Vannin gave Groudle Glen Railway a grant of £13,750 to rebuild the original locomotive 'Sea Lion'.

Sea Lion is the original steam locomotive built for Groudle Glen Railway in 1896. When the restoration of the railway began in the 1980s, she was donated back to the project by John Walton who had rescued her as a rusted relic from the glen in the 1960s following the original railway’ demise. The locomotive was rebuilt as an apprentice training project by British Nuclear Fuels at Sellafield, and returned to steam in the glen in 1987. More recently she required major work on her boiler, motion and paintwork, and during 2012 she was stripped down and removed from the glen for the work to be carried out. Groudle Glen Railway were kindly supported by staff at Isle of Man Railways and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Workshops, and the work and repaint into an accurate representation of her original 1896 livery was funded by Culture Vannin.

Photos below include her being stripped down, removed from the glen, boiler work completed and mounted back o the frames at the Steam Packet and sitting in her fresh coat of paint.