THE Tanfield Railway chose the hottest weekend of the year so far to host its ever-popular Legends of Industry gala on June 17-18.
The event brought two former Stewarts & Lloyds locomotives back to the area where they were built for the first time.
Both Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns ‘56’ class 0-6-0ST No. 62 Ugly (7673/1950) and Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0ST No. 21 Linda (3931/1938) had been part of the Corby-based Stewarts & Lloyds empire in their pre-preservation days (RM June), albeit within different divisions.
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However, their Newcastle heritage made the pair an attractive proposition for Tanfield, which tries to ensure visiting locomotives have local links where possible.
Spa Valley Railway-based Ugly arrived in the North East on June 12 and instantly looked at home at Marley Hill; Linda arrived from the Ribble Steam Railway two days later.
Read more in the July 2017 issue of The RM – on sale now!