Brookes No. 1 and Illingworth heading to Blaenavon line gala

THE Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway (P&BR) will pay tribute to the industrial locomotive manufacturers of Leeds later this summer with a special Built in Leeds gala on September 13-15.

The event will centre around Mike Pearce’s Hunslet ‘48150’ class 0-6-0ST Jessie (1873/1937), which recently joined the P&BR fleet following its overhaul and return to East Moors Steelworks livery as No. 18. 

Hunslet 0-6-0ST Brookes No. 1 heads the 12.10 goods from Balm Road to Moor Road at the Middleton Railway on September 17, 2017, having recently returned to service after overhaul. TOM NOBLE

Joining it will be another Hunslet 0-6-0ST – Brookes No. 1 – which will visit from the Middleton Railway.  The 14in-cylindered loco (2387/1941) bears a strong family resemblance to Jessie, albeit on a smaller scale, and will make for an interesting comparison with its larger sibling. 

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