The Midland Railway – Butterley will be hosting a visiting steam locomotive from the 8th October 2016.
Great Western Railway 0-6-2 tank locomotive number 5619 will be based at the Midland Railway – Butterley throughout the Autumn and Winter. 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. It continued to do this until the early 1960s when it was withdrawn and sent to the famous Woodham Bros. scrapyard in Barry, very close to where it spent its working life. 5619 was fortunate to be rescued by enthusiasts and will be arriving at Butterley following a successful stay at the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
It will be hauling the popular Santa Special trains that start on 19th November.
To celebrate its arrival the Midland Railway – Butterley will be holding a special weekend over the 8th and 9th October which will see 5619 in action with fellow Great Western Locomotive L150 and an 0-4-0 Saddle Tank “Whitehead” that spent its life in South Wales’ industrial service close to the Great Western Railway lines.
Alan Calladine, the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said “We are delighted to see this locomotive visiting the Midland Railway – Butterley and look forward to seeing the Great Western Railway locomotives in the heart of Midland Railway territory. 5619 is bound to be a great attraction for our visitors and the chance to see these locomotives in use over the 8th and 9th October is not to be missed.”
The Midland Railway Trust is grateful to the Flour Mill workshop for the loan of this locomotive.
Published 28th September 2016.