Published on 23rd April 2012
YORK - Additional locomotives and stock announced for the National Railway Museum’s ‘Railfest 2012’ almost completes the heritage line up.
The NRM has announced further steam locomotives and a carriage as being booked to attend the June 2-10 ‘Railfest 2012’ in York. The museum says these additions almost complete the heritage line up.
Additional steam now signed up for the full event are No. 5972 Olton Hall (which will appear in its ‘Hogwarts Castle’ form as the steam star of the Harry Potter movies) and Bill Parker’s GWR ‘Small Prairie’ No. 5521, which achieved fame for working 21st century steam-hauled scheduled suburban service trains in Poland during its April 2007 to May 2009 European tour.
Added to the Railfest line-up for part of the event are the NRM’s own 7P ‘Britannia’ No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell (arriving on June 5 after working a rail tour) and LMS 8P ‘Princess Royal’ No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth. The latter – which holds the record (set in 1936) for travelling the longest distance in the fastest time non-stop when it travelled 401 miles from London to Glasgow in 5 hours 53 minutes - will be present for part of the week, with final dates to be announced.
The 1913-vintage LNWR Directors Saloon No. 5318 owned by carriage restorer Stephen Middleton has also been added to the event. The vehicle is to be paired with ex-LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No. 1054, presently running as BR No. 58926.
These additions bring the confirmed heritage line up for ‘Railfest 2012’ to:
Standard gauge locos
Standard gauge carriages
Narrow gauge (working)
Minimum Gauge (15in)
The NRM’s GWR icon No. 3717 City of Truro is expected to be in steam working in the South Yard of the York Museum over Easter.
The iconic loco was failed during a visit to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway last September and after being taken to the NRM’s Locomotion ‘out station’ there were doubts over whether it would be returned to action for the remaining two years of its boiler ticket. The decision was then made to fit a new set of tubes in the NRM’s ‘Works’ in York.
However, following its late January arrival in York, close examination cast doubt on the need for new tubes. Instead, the ends of the existing tubes have been beaded over. This solution appears to have been successful, the ‘City’ passing a hydraulic test on March 5.
The NRM’s Locomotion ‘outstation’ at Shildon has enjoyed a record breaking 2011/12 year when it attracted over 200,000 visitors.
Steam-hauled rides at Locomotion through spring into early summer are being worked by the Bowes Railway’s Barclay 0-4-0ST WST (2361/1954).
The latest NRM-owned loco to be unveiled in the Display Building is an 1896-vintage 3ft 6in gauge Sharpe Stewart 4-8-0 which has been cosmetically restored at Tyseley. The locomotive was imported (with a Rhodesia Railways sleeping car) by wildlife artist and steam enthusiast David Shepherd to Britain in March 1975 and the pairing were initially displayed at Whipsnade Zoo and later outside the East Somerset Railway’s Cranmore station. David Shepherd donated the loco and coach to the NRM some seven years ago.
The locomotive was originally Cape Government Railways No. 390, on the formation of South African Railways on January 1 1912 it was re-numbered 993 and was sold to the Zambezi Sawmills Railway in February 1971.
The coach has also been restored (at Appleby Training & Heritage Centre) but remains in secure storage in York. The eventual ambition is for the loco and coach to be reunited on display in the NRM, York.