Locomotives coming and going
S160 - 2253
The Trust Board agreed some time ago to dispose of some of the locomotives and rolling stock for which it had no further use. Amongst these items was an American S160 loco that had been quietly rusting in a siding at Grosmont for a number of years. The engine was duly sold and the new owner has set about carrying out a cosmetic restoration after agreeing with the NRM that the loco could go on display at Shildon.
That cosmetic restoration is now complete and a short video and photographs can be seen HERE The engine was expected to be moved to Newbridge Depot today (Monday) ready for loading on Wednesday.
Kitson - LHJC No 29
No 29 returned from the Great Central Railway last Thursday (15th May) where she had been appearing at their Gala Weekend. With the current loco shortage continuing she was pressed into service straight away, albeit with diesel assistance.
NER Q6 - 63395
The North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) website reports a successful out of frames steam test for the boiler of 63395. The test took place at the works of LNWR at Crewe where extensive firebox repairs have been carried out.
The next stage is to reinstall the boiler into the frames and reunite the loco and tender (currently stored at Newbridge depot) after which a further insurance steam test will be undertaken. It is hoped to have the loco back in service for the main season.
LNER A4 - 4464 ‘Bittern’
Still bathing in the afterglow of the NRMs ‘Mallard 75’ celebration this celebrity locomotive was in use again this last weekend much to the delight of our passengers. Unfortunately she will be leaving on Wednesday 25th May and heading for the Wensleydale Railway.
However Grosmont based A4 60007 ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ is expected to return by the end of the month after running nearly 2000 miles on the National Network.
Whitby Platform 2
The platform is progressing as well as possible as the Railway is still waiting for the Coop to finalise the transfer of the strip of land to enable the boundary wall to be rebuilt further away from the running line. More photographs can be seen HERE
The railway announced four days of steam services From Whitby to Battersby last week. The four days are all Saturdays with May 24th and 31st included together with June 7th and 21st. The May 31st outing is an evening run leaving Whitby at 18.00hrs and returning at 20.25hrs. The other three dates have two return runs from Whitby to Battersby at 10.55 and 14.20. For just £29 passengers can enjoy the Esk Valley Line in all its Spring finery for two and a half hours at speeds of up to 45 mph. Not one to be missed!