It is full steam ahead at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway as it gears up for this year’s Easter Steam Gala, held on April 19, 20 and 21.
The Ludborough-based heritage line has announced an impressive four-loco line-up with a 140-year-old ex-British Railways Southern Region engine leading the field – one of three steam locomotives being brought in specially for the Gala.
The Beattie 2-4-0 Well Tank number 30585 was built in 1874 for the London & South Western Railway and spent most of its working life in Cornwall hauling china clay trains on a goods line until 1962. Now based at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, this will be the first ever visit to Lincolnshire of this type of locomotive.
The second visitor will be Bagnall number 2680 Courageous, which has just been rebuilt by a dedicated team at the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston. This visit to the LWR will be the first and probably the only trip away from her home base.
Third is Birkenhead – a 0-4-0 Saddle Tank locomotive number 7386, which was built in 1947 by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Ltd and worked at various power station railway complexes until 1967. The GWR Preservation Group at Southall, Middlesex acquired her in the late 1970s. Birkenhead will be staying at Ludborough for the summer season.
Making up the foursome will be the LWR’s trusty resident Peckett 0-4-0 Saddle Tank Fulstow No 2.
On the Sunday there will be an Easter Bunny Run when the Ludborough White Rabbit will be handing out Easter Eggs to children on the train. There will be eight trains running each day starting at 9.45am.
An Evening Photoshoot with all-four steam locos at the engine shed at Ludborough on Good Friday and Lineside Photography Permits will be available over the Easter weekend.
For more information call 01507 363881 or go to www.lincolnshirewoldsrailway.co.uk