River Mite hits the road for 50th birth­day

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

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.

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