Pilgrim returns to service at Watford Miniature Railway

MUCH-travelled 0-6-0T Pilgrim (D King 1980) is visiting the 10¼in-gauge Watford Miniature Railway (WMR) for the railway’s 60th anniversary season (RM July, p84).

It arrived on August 6 following boiler work at Denver Light Railway, Birmingham.

Pilgrim was built for the Wells & Walsingham Railway, Norfolk, running there from the line’s opening in 1982 until 1987. 

Pilgrim is seen double-heading with Australian-built Baldwin-type 2-6-0 Marri on the Watford Miniature Railway on August 7. SIMON MULLIGAN

It visited many places after that, including time as part of the Pilgrim Railway, a fully equipped portable railway with its own dedicated transport vehicles. 

It was later acquired by current owner Stuart Madgin, and was based on the now-closed Knebworth House Miniature Railway, Hertfordshire.

It will be starring at the WMR’s heritage gala weekend on September 28-29.

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