‘Back to the future’ at Hastings with rebuilt ‘Rio Grande’

AT FIRST sight, this is a typical Severn-Lamb ‘Rio Grande’ steam-outline 2-8-0DH with dummy loco and powered tender.

However, Severn-Lamb 526 6 93 is one of only two known ‘Mini Rio’-type locos built, this being a 7¼in-gauge version of the familiar 10¼in- and 15in-gauge type.This one ran at Pickie Family Fun Park, Bangor, County Down, from 1993-2008, and has been acquired for Hastings via MRW of Sheffield. Following rebuild and regauging to 10¼in by RVM at Hastings, it entered service in February.

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