Prior to Xmas the VGR Board made the decision to appoint former president Michael Vines manager of the project to restore steam locomotive K 160 which remains located at Newport Workshops. The task of restoration is being contracted out to Steamrail under the direction of Warren Hall who is well known in the heritage railway movement and particularly for the recent restoration and return to operation of steam locomotives K 183 and not long before that A2 986. Those previously involved in the work done on K 160 will continue to be utilised under Warren’s guidance along with VGR volunteers. The plan is to return K 160 to operation and capable of both branch and main line work within 18 months.. As we go along there will be monthly blogs on this site with photos starting late February. The VGR continues to be grateful for the generous donation it received some little time back which will fund the restoration of the locomotive and is excited at the prospect of the planned return to operation of K 160.