Steam traction returns to the Midland Railway – Butterley this weekend (1st&2nd April) when former Great Western Railway locomotive number 5619 will be hauling trains.
Over the winter trains have been running using the Diesel Multiple Units based at the railway but now that the better weather has arrived steam trains will be in action most weekends.
Great Western Railway 0-6-2 tank locomotive number 5619 will be based at the Midland Railway – Butterley during 2017. She was built in the Great Western Railway works at Swindon in 1924 this locomotive was part of a large class of machines built to haul coal traffic from the South Wales coalfield. The locomotive continued to do this until the early 1960s when she was withdrawn and sent to the famous Woodham Bros. scrapyard in Barry, very close to where 5619 spent her working life. 5619 was fortunate to be rescued by enthusiasts and will be in action most weekends at the Midland Railway – Butterley from 1st April.
Over the winter this locomotive has had a lot of attention and has even had a repaint appearing in British Railways black livery that it would have carried after 1948, when the railways were nationalised.
Alan Calladine the Midland Railway Trust, Development Officer said, “We are delighted to see the return of steam on our railway from 1st April following a very successful winter with our Diesel Multiple Units. The Diesels will be running mid-week trains over the Easter holidays with steam at weekends.”
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