Steam returns to Watford

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It was withdrawn for overhaul in 2003, but remained dismantled, with parts stored at three locations for many years.

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Australian-built 2-6-0 No. 7 Marri has made a triumphant return to the Watford Miniature Railway after a 15-year absence. It is seen on April 15 with Conway Castle (Fenlow Bo-BoDH) on the rear of the train. CHRISTOPHER GEORGE

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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