Barclay David back in traffic at Haverthwaite

THE Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway’s Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST David (2333/1953) returned to operational service on April 2, more than five years since it last ran on the former Furness Railway branch.

The ex-Millom Ironworks No. 1, which last ran in December 2013, is an ideal locomotive for the L&HR’s off-peak services, and with a tractive effort of almost 20,000lbs can stroll away with all but the heaviest trains on the climb out of Haverthwaite. 

Newly outshopped Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST David simmers in light steam at Haverthwaite on March 30, just days before its formal return to service. CLIVE HANLEY

It is also useful as a station pilot at busier times, and will be called upon to work the line’s popular double-headed ‘Santa Specials’. The overhaul has been largely completed at Haverthwaite, with the boiler being sent to away for repairs to the outer firebox wrapper.  Read more in the May 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now! Click here to get yours!

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