Little ’uns in the limelight at Chasewater gala


TWO days of very different operations kept the Chasewater Railway’s working fleet busy during its Industrial Gala on March 18-19 when the line’s various ‘small but perfectly formed’ four-wheeled types came to the fore.

Drivers Keith Sargent and Richard Thompson make Teddy and Colin McAndrew work hard on the three coaches that made up the last train of the Chasewater Railway’s Industrial Gala on March 19. LAWRIE ROSE

The Saturday was a day of experimentation, with a specially written timetable giving the three steam locomotives – Andrew Barclays Rosyth No. 1 (1385/1914) and Colin McAndrew (1223/1911), plus Peckett Teddy (2012/1941) – an opportunity to work passenger, brakevan and freight turns.

Diesel locomotives were intrinsic to the successful implementation of the timetable, with North British-built 0-4-0DH No. D2911, Hunslet 0-4-0DH No. 6678, Vanguard 4wDH Helen, and newly arrived Simplex Nos. 15097 and 15099 all in traffic, too.

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