Three Katie’s booked for Kirklees gala!

THE Friends of Kirklees Light Railway’s Annual Steam & Diesel Gala Weekend on September
14-15 will feature two visiting locos and a resident – all named Katie.

The event theme is Estate Railways, with visiting locos comprising resurrected 1896-built Heywood 0-4-0T Katie and 0-8-2 River Irt, from Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway; Eaton Hall Railway’s 1996-built replica 0-4-0T Katie; Rhyl Miniature Railway’s Cagney 4-4-0 No. 44; and privately owned Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2 ‘Little Giant’ Count Louis.

Kirklees Light Railway’s Trevor Guest-built 2-4-2 Katie pictured on July 7 during its visit to Evesham Vale Light Railway’s Railway Gala and Historic Transport Weekend. Accompanying Katie for this visit was 4w-4wT Owl, also from Kirklees. ALISTAIR GRIEVE

The third ‘Katie’ is Kirklees own Trevor Guest-built 2-4-2 Katie, supported by sister Guest 2-4-2 Siân, and residents 0-6-4T Badger, 0-4-4-0T Hawk, 4w-4wT Owl, 4wD Jay, and 0-4-0 tram No. 7.

There will be an intensive timetable of all-line and Clayton West-Skelmanthorpe shuttles – plus the famed ‘Shelley or Bust’ train, hauled by as many locos as possible to close the event.

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