‘Cromwell’ to bow out at Keighley & Worth Valley gala

Steam Railway appeal engine ‘Britannia’ No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell will bow out of service at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s ‘Spring Gala’ in March.

Confirmed for the Keighley & Worth Valley 'Spring Gala' on March 9-11, 'Brit' No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell passes Woodthorpe on the Great Central Railway on August 12 2017. PAUL BIGGS

Confirmed for the Keighley & Worth Valley 'Spring Gala' on March 9-11, 'Brit' No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell passes Woodthorpe on the Great Central Railway on August 12 2017. PAUL BIGGS

Subject to final contracts and agreements, the National Collection ‘7MT’ – whose boiler certificate expires that month – will appear at the three-day March 9-11 event, kick-starting the Keighley-Oxenhope line’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

No. 70013 comes courtesy of the National Railway Museum and the 5305 Locomotive Association, and is expected to make its final main line trip arriving into Keighley, before being transported by road back to its base at the Great Central Railway after the event.

KWVR Events Organiser Kieran Pilsworth says: “It's fitting that, when the KWVR opened 50 years ago, No. 70013 was still working specials for BR and had yet to do its famous ‘1T57’ railtour. In our 50th year we're delighted to be able to welcome Oliver Cromwell to our line."

The two-cylinder Riddles-designed ‘Pacific’ joins previously announced visiting Somerset & Dorset ‘7F’ No. 53808 – courtesy of the West Somerset Railway – and Ian Riley’s ‘Black Five’ No. 44871. Both the ‘Black Five’ and Oliver Cromwell famously took part in the ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ on August 11 1968, the last steam-hauled passenger service on British Rail.

The ’68 veterans will join KWVR residents BR ‘4MT’ No. 75078, Midland ‘4F’ No. 43924 – which was rescued from Barry the month after the end of BR steam and was the first engine to leave the scrapyard – USATC ‘S160’ No. 5820 and Taff Vale Railway ‘O2’ No. 85.

Also expected to be in steam are the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No. 1054 and Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T Works No. 1704 Nunlow, the latter making its final gala appearance before withdrawal for overhaul.

For more information, visit: http://kwvr.co.uk/event/2018-spring-gala/2018-03-09/

‘Poppy Line’ confirms Standard tank for April gala

BR Standard ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T No. 80136 has been confirmed as the first visiting engine for the North Norfolk Railway’s ‘Spring Steam Gala’ on April 20-22.

Destined for the North Norfolk Railway’s ‘Spring Steam Gala’ in April, BR ‘4MT’ No. 80136 runs round at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on September 26 2016. THOMAS BRIGHT/SR

Destined for the North Norfolk Railway’s ‘Spring Steam Gala’ in April, BR ‘4MT’ No. 80136 runs round at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on September 26 2016. THOMAS BRIGHT/SR

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway-based locomotive will be paired with the ‘Poppy Line’s’ resident Standard ‘Class 4’ – No. 76084 – and, in homage to the 2-6-4T’s suburban roots, is likely to run with the NNR’s four-coach BR Mark 1 suburban set.

The news comes after Somerset & Dorset ‘7F’ No. 53809 moved to the Sheringham-Holt line in January for an initial six-month trial period (see SR476), although the 2-8-0’s stay could be extended to 12 years if the railway and the locomotive’s owner, the 13809 Preservation Society, agree terms this summer.

No other guest engines have been announced for the three-day event, but the ‘Poppy Line’ will be able to field ‘Y14’ No. 564, ‘B12’ No. 8572, ‘N2’ No. 1744 and 2-10-0s WD No. 90775 ‘The Royal Norfolk Regiment’ and ‘9F’ No. 92203 ‘Black Prince’ – all of which are currently in operational condition.

For more information, visit: www.nnrailway.co.uk/page.php?pid=36

NRM signs ‘Scotsman’ contract

The National Railway Museum has signed a six-year contract with engineering firm Riley & Son (E) Ltd to continue operating and maintaining Flying Scotsman for the next six years.

Confirmed to make a return visit to the East Lancashire Railway later this year, 'A3' No. 60103 Flying Scotsman travels over the ELR on a visit in 2016. LIAM BARNES

Confirmed to make a return visit to the East Lancashire Railway later this year, 'A3' No. 60103 Flying Scotsman travels over the ELR on a visit in 2016. LIAM BARNES

The confirmation comes two months after the NRM announced that the firm was the “preferred supplier to operate and maintain” the Gresley ‘A3’ (see Down Main, SR475) - although at the time, the museum was negotiating the final contract, the details of which had not been finalised.

Now the contract has been signed, Ian Riley will run No. 60103 until 2024 and, in addition to day-to-day operation and maintenance, the contract includes a comprehensive overhaul in 2022, as well as plans to mark ‘Scotsman’s’ centenary in 2023.

Mr Riley said: “I am very pleased that we have been appointed to maintain and operate Flying Scotsman for the next six years, which will enable us to develop a long-term plan for the care and management of this world-renowned engine.

“The success is down to the skills, experience and hard work of the whole team who have spent many hours working on the locomotive from restoration to the present day. Flying Scotsman is definitely a special engine and the chance to work with such a well-loved locomotive again is a real privilege.”

The NRM has also revealed preliminary details of Flying Scotsman’s schedule for 2018 which, in addition to a number of main line railtours across the country, includes a return visit to the East Lancashire Railway in July and August/September.

Also, as a thank you for hosting the ‘A3’ in late October 2017 when it required repairs to its middle driving wheelset, the Gresley ‘Pacific’ will make a working visit to the Nene Valley Railway later this year. Further details will be released shortly.

For more information about Flying Scotsman’s whereabouts during 2018, visit: www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events/scotsman-on-the-tracks.

Tornado prepares for Butterley debut

Tickets are now on sale for new-build ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado’s forthcoming visit to the Midland Railway – Butterley in April.

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The Peppercorn-designed ‘A1’ will be making its first ever appearance at the Hammersmith-Riddings Junction railway during the event, which runs over the weekend of April 21/22.

Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer says: “This is a great opportunity to see this locomotive close up and ride behind this very special machine. The weekend of the 21st and 22nd April will a splendid weekend to visit the Midland Railway - Butterley”.

There are a limited number of tickets available for Tornado’s visit. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk/tornado-at-butterley

The MR-B is just one of several railways hosting the ‘A1’ during 2018 as part of the ‘Pacific’s’ tenth anniversary tour.

No. 60163 is already booked to visit the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on February 10/11, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on March 3-11 (excluding March 9), the East Lancashire Railway on March 29-April 2, the Nene Valley Railway on May 5-7, and the Bluebell Railway on May 25-29.

‘GlosWarks’ confirms first gala guest

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway has confirmed the first visiting engine for its forthcoming ‘Cotswold Festival of Steam’ gala – ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II.

Soon to be reunited at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s ‘Cotswold Festival of Steam’, ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II stands alongside ‘Modified Hall’ No. 7903 Foremarke Hall and Churchward Railmotor No. 93 at the Old Oak Common open day on September 2. NICK BRODRICK/SR

Soon to be reunited at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s ‘Cotswold Festival of Steam’, ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II stands alongside ‘Modified Hall’ No. 7903 Foremarke Hall and Churchward Railmotor No. 93 at the Old Oak Common open day on September 2. NICK BRODRICK/SR

The confirmation follows the announcement that the BR Blue 4-6-0 will also be attending the Severn Valley Railway’s ‘Spring Steam Gala’ on March 16-18.

‘KEII’ will be making its debut on the Cheltenham-Broadway line at the May 26-28 event, and it is believed that the only time a ‘King’ ever graced the ‘Honeybourne Line’ was during a positioning move for No. 6000 King George V in the mid-1970s, before the line was closed by BR in 1976.

The event will also be the first time that gala trains will be able to run the full 15 miles of railway as far as Broadway, which will be officially opened on March 30.

It is understood that at least two further guest locomotives will be announced nearer the gala, but the ‘King’ will be in good company at the event, as the GWSR will be able to field four of its own Swindon-built engines – ‘28XX’ No. 2807, ‘42XX’ No. 4270, ‘Manor’ No. 7820 Dinmore Manor and ‘Modified Hall’ No. 7903 Foremarke Hall – as well as resident ‘Merchant Navy’ No. 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co.

Further details will be revealed closer to the event. For more information, visit: www.gwsr.com/Cotswold_Festival_of_Steam__26th28th_May--post--19.html.