Pedemoura works first passenger train at LBR

ORENSTEIN & Koppel 90hp 0-6-0WT Pedemoura (OK10808/1924) entered Leighton Buzzard Railway (LBR) service on July 17 – the first time it had hauled fare-paying passengers.

O&K 0-6-0WT Pedemoura pulls its first passenger train away from Leighton Buzzard Railway’s Page’s Park station on July 17. Driver David Fisher, a member of the owning group and de facto restoration project leader, is understandably looking very happy. WILLIAM SHELFORD
O&K 0-6-0WT Pedemoura pulls its first passenger train away from Leighton Buzzard Railway’s Page’s Park station on July 17. Driver David Fisher, a member of the owning group and de facto restoration project leader, is understandably looking very happy. WILLIAM SHELFORD

Pedemoura arrived new at Minas de Peãjo, Portugal in February 1924, its name deriving from Pedorido coal mine in the Douro Valley. Repatriated in 1972, it initially went to Pleasurerail’s Knebworth West Park and Winter Green Railway at Knebworth House, near Stevenage, and subsequently travelled to Welsh Highland Railway (1964) Ltd (now Welsh Highland Heritage Railway) in June 1975.

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