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It was withdrawn for overhaul in 2003, but remained dismantled, with parts stored at three locations for many years.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