RICHMOND Light Railway’s August 19 Open Day featured five locomotives in steam.
Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway’s Bagnall 0-4-0ST Armistice became the first steam loco to visit this private line. It joined residents Couillet 0-4-0T Chuquitanta, O&K 0-4-0WT Susan, and Arn Jung 0-4-0WT Jenny.
The fifth was 0-4-0VBT Leary, constructed a few years ago at Boston Lodge by Ffestiniog Railway volunteers and now on loan to Richmond LR.
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Leary made an afternoon solo circuit of the line after the day’s main operations, then hauled passengers (riding in a Penrhyn Quarrymen’s coach) for the first time.
Significant infrastructure enhancements were unveiled.
A new ‘S’-shaped line now links both sides of the main circuit. This primarily enables a train departing the main station clockwise to cross to the far side and continue round the curve direct onto the branch line to New Barn Halt.
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