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2003 Open Days at the Cadeby Light Railway

Open Days in 2003 will be:
February 8th – Valentine’s Special
April 12th – Morris Dance Day
May 10th & 11th (Both Days) – Gala weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cadeby Light Railway
June 14th – Freight Trains Day & Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
August 9th – Open Day at Cadeby Light Railway
August 9th & 10th – Cadeby Steam & Country Fair
October 11th – Cadeby Village History Walk
November 8th – Bonfire & Fireworks
December 13th – Father Christmas Special
December 26th – Mince Pie Special

and in 2004:
February 14th – Valentine’s Special

Open days commence at around 1300 and trains all afternoon. Trains are normally operated using our steam locomotive “Pixie” (Bagnall 2090/19). The collection of historic narrow gauge equipment is on show. Other attractions include:-
- an extensive model railway, based on the Great Western Railway
- steam road vehicles
- the extensive “Boston Collection” museum
- brass rubbing in the adjacent Church.

In addition to the above, the Model Railway hosts running nights on the last Friday of each month, when the layout is operated to a timetable.
Running nights in 2003 are:-
Jan 31st, Feb 28th, March 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, August 29th, Sept 26th, Oct 31st, Nov 28th.
A further running night will take place on May 9th in connection with the 40th anniversary gala.

The Railway is a 2’0” gauge railway running around the grounds of the Old Rectory in Cadeby, Leicestershire. Founded by the Rev E.R. “Teddy” Boston in 1963, the railway normally operates using a Bagnall steam locomotive “Pixie”. There is also an extensive collection of internal combustion locomotives and narrow gauge wagons.
In 2002, major restoration projects have been completed on an ex-RAF Fauld Hudson wagon and a pipe carrying wagon ex Stanton; work continues on Hibberd 2306 – this locomotive is expected now to be completed in mid-2003 following major problems encountered during an engine rebuild. The reconstruction of Baguley 1695 also makes good progress. Motor Rail 5038 left the site in 2002 for restoration to commence off-site, and an Orenstein & Koppel believed to be 3444 arrived from its’ previous owners garden in Sheffield. Some work has started on the O&K, and initial signs are that the loco is in a fair general order, albeit missing certain components.

Cadeby is to be found on the A447 north of Hinckley.

Further information may be obtained from Audrey Boston on 01455 290462 or Simon Lomax 07771 830452 or e-mail [email protected]

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