‘Grey­hound’ races to Buck­ing­hamshire

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

Corn­wall won’t be the only Na­tional Col­lec­tion lo­co­mo­tive to visit the Buck­ing­hamshire Rail­way Cen­tre this year, as it has been an­nounced that ‘T9’ No. 30120 will be the spe­cial guest en­gine at the BRC’s Spring Steam Gala on April 30/May 1. Nor­mally based at the Bodmin & Wenford Rail­way, the Drum­mond 4-4-0 has spent the win­ter at the Bat­tle­field Line, haul­ing the line’s Santa ser­vices. The ‘Grey­hound’s’ pres­ence at Quain­ton Road should bring the num­ber of en­gines up to seven, as the BRC hopes to have six of its own fleet in op­er­a­tion for the event. In ad­di­tion to No. 30120, the BRC will field Metropoli­tan Rail­way ‘E’ class 0-4-4T No. 1, BR (W) ‘94XX’ No. 9466, Andrew Bar­clay 0-4-0ST No. 699 Swanscombe, Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0ST No. 1742 Mil­lom, Bag­nall 0-4-0ST No. 2469 and Hun­slet ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0-6-0ST No. 66. On the May Bank Hol­i­day, a diesel shut­tle link will run be­tween Quain­ton Road and Ayles­bury Town sta­tion, us­ing a Class 121 ‘Bub­ble Car’ due for with­drawal at the end of May.

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