River Mite hits the road for 50th birthday
Ravenglass & Eskdale 2-8-2 River Mite is to celebrate its 50th anniversary this spring, with a re-creation of its original delivery to Cumbria. During a visit to the ‘Great North Steam Fair’ at Beamish on April 6-9, the diminutive ‘Mikado’ will be hauled on a trailer behind Fowler traction engine Providence - the same machine that transported it from York to Ravenglass in December 1966. Built by Clarkson’s of York using the frames from River Esk’s 0-8-0 Poultney steam tender chassis, River Mite was commissioned at the R&ER on May 21 1967. Since then, it has travelled as far afield as Dresden in Germany, but will be the first 15in gauge locomotive ever to visit Beamish. Providence remains in the ownership of the Stafford family, who undertook the movement of River Mite in 1966.