THE 10¼in-gauge Watford Miniature Railway has a steam loco again after many years absence.
No. 7 Marri was built for the railway by Willis Light Engineering of Perth, Australia (No. 46 of 1993) and re-entered service at Cassiobury Park, Hertfordshire on April 14-15.
It was withdrawn for overhaul in 2003, but remained dismantled, with parts stored at three locations for many years.
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The railway’s new owners (RM Nov, p78) gathered the parts together and rebuilt it.
Willis’s ‘Marri’-type loco is based on a full-size Baldwin 2-6-0 and has ‘Wild West’ features such as a bell, chime whistle and a cowcatcher.
The type was advertised in the UK by the Miniature Railway Supply Co, of Hemel Hempstead, in 1997, available for 7¼in-gauge, but no other examples are known.
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