News from August 2009

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Something for the weekend ?

Are you looking for something to do this weekend?

Then Just a reminder that this Saturday & Sunday (8&9th Aug)
is the West Lancashire Light Railways Gala Weekend

It is hoped that all available steam locomotives will be in action, together
with SPECIAL GUEST visiting locomotive ‘MAX’ O&K 10750/1923 from our friends at
the Statfold Barn Railway.

Intensive srvice from 11.30 through to 16.30 both days, good photo opportunities
and possibly a diesel or two down the main line also.

Also, opportunity to see progress on KS2405 of 1915 – Joffre Locomotive

Why not come along and visit this delightful line at Station Road, Hesketh Bank,
Nr Preston, Lancashire PR4 6SP. You will be most welcome

Issued on behalf of West Lancashire Light Railway Trust

Posted by Neil McMurdy on 6 August 2009

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Taking the weekend to the MAX

The West Lancashire Light Railway had a highly successful two Gala Days last weekend (8th & 9th August), with well loaded trains on both days, being a mixture of enthusiasts and the general public.

The Railway managed to produce some 5 Steam locomotives Operating Trains, interspersed by the occasional diesel hauled freight train, the Star of the weekend was the guest locomotive ‘MAX’ from our friends at Statfold Barn Railway in Tamworth.

‘MAX’ an Orenstein & Koppel built 0-6-0 tender loco, Works no 10750 of 1923, was in superb condition, having recently been restored, and this was the locomotives first public outing away from its home at the Statfold Barn Private Railway.

The West Lancashire Light Railway’s resident locomotives in action were Hunslet ‘Irish Mail’ (823 of 1903), Kerr Stuart ‘Stanhope’ (2395 of 1917), Orenstein & Koppel’s ‘Montalban’ (6641 of 1913) & ‘Utrillas’ (2378 of 1907). Also on display was Kerr Stuart ‘Joffre’ (2405 of 1915) which is in the final stages of a 15 year restoration programme, and which should be in action during next year.

The Train operation varied during the day allowing the photographers various locomotive and stock combinations, and together with good weather everyone concerned enjoyed their day to the ‘MAX’

Neil McMurdy
West Lancashire Light Railway Trust

Posted by Neil McMurdy on 12 August 2009

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Back On the Line Again

The Friends of the Kirklees Light Railways 4th Annual Gala Weekend will take place over the weekend on the 12th and 13th September. The theme of this years event is “Back on the Line Again” which will be a grand reunion of locomotives that have been residents of the line in the past or perhaps it could be a tantalising glimpse of what the KLR locomotive fleet may have looked like.

The former resident locomotives attending the event are Wroxham Broad from the Bure Valley Railway, SR & RL No.24 from the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway and Sian from the Windmill Farm Railway. Also visiting from Cleethorpes will be the former Bush Mills Railway Mountaineer which is coming to Yorkshire to test its new cylinders and other improvements. The KLR’s home fleet of locomotives which includes a Kitson Meyer and a Heisler will be in action over the weekend too.

Stephen Ashton, a spokesperson for the Friends of the Kirklees Light Railway, said “This is one of those “what might have been” events, all the locomotives attending were based on the railway in the past and moved elsewhere for various reasons. For one weekend our visitors will get the chance see what our locomotive fleet may have looked like if history was re-written. We are very grateful to the owners of the visiting engines to allow them to attend”

The event on the 12th and 13th September will feature an intensive timetable with additional shuttle workings and a demonstration goods train for photographers. There will be displays of vintage vehicles, the Calderdale Co-operative of food produces will have a stand show casing their products, a model exhibition and the Barnlsey Society of Model Engineers Duck Pond Miniature railway will be in operation too. Mr Ashton adds “There is something for everyone at this event and it appeals to people of all ages.”

Posted by Stuart Ross on 30 August 2009

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