BARCLAY BON ACCORD BASKS ON THE COBBLES AGAIN
A rare chance to recreate scenes of a tramway skirt-fitted locomotive shunting amid a large area of cobbles took place at Beamish on March 17. As part of a 30742 Charters event, Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST Bon Accord was posed with an appropriate tank wagon on the cobbles at the County Durham open air museum’s recreated North Eastern Railway station. The event allowed a glimpse of how Bon Accord and its colleagues might have looked during their years of street running while serving Aberdeen Gas Works. It was the first such opportunity since the 1897-built machine was returned to steam. Bon Accord was granted an extension to its boiler certification in March, and is due to operate at Beamish until September before returning to Scotland, where it will spend the rest of the year at its home base of the Royal Deeside Railway. Bon Accord will be working alongside former Yates Duxbury paper mill Peckett 0-4-0ST Works No. 1370 for the rest of the season at Beamish. The locomotive has been undergoing axle box repairs and has also had a wheelset journal machined at the nearby Tanfield Railway.