‘B1’ and ‘Caley’ tank add Northern Soul to Gloucestershire Warwickshire festival


REPRESENTATIVES from each of the ‘Big Four’ railway companies will make up an eight-engine line-up at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Cotswold Festival of Steam on May 25-27.

The RM-sponsored event has been given the theme ‘Northern Soul’ to reflect the presence of two of the visiting locomotives – LNER ‘B1’  No. 1264 and Caledonian Railway 0-4-4T No. 419 – which are both making their debut on the Broadway to Cheltenham line.

Northern Soul: The Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust’s flagship No. 1264 passes Lindores, Fife, while working the Scottish leg of the ‘Great Britain XI’ railtour on April 21 last year. JOHN COOPER-SMITH

The visit extends No. 419’s tour of heritage railways south of the border, the Scottish Railway Preservation Society loco proving a hit at all of the galas it has attended so far. 

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