About Us

73156 S Black LR

The 73156 Standard 5 Support Group was formed in 1985 to support the Bolton Steam Locomotive Co. Ltd., which owns 73156, an engine which fulfils the Company’s objective of having local connections whilst in B.R. service. The support group too has its nucleus in the north west of England but also has members countrywide. It assists the Company in achieving its aim of full restoration both financially and physically, some members being involved in the latter process too.

Our objective is to restore 73156 to full running order and to operate the loco on Britain’s heritage railways. We have a modest membership and are continually looking to recruit new people who may wish to assist in our work programme, including administrative tasks going on behind the scenes, or simply join the Society.

Our journal called ‘The Standard’ produced and which updates the restoration process and features other Group related topics supplied by members.


For information please contact Ian Bartlett on 01772 620115.

Or email Vernon Sidlow at 73156s5g@gmail.com.

The group has posted many photos of 73156, taken throughout its life on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/people/110610246@N05/.