William debuts in sentinel homage
A Sentinel 0-4-0VBT named by, and after, LMS CME Sir William Stanier has been launched into traffic at a celebratory gala at the Elsecar Heritage Railway. Built in 1956 for Courtaulds Fibres Great Coates factory in Grimsby, William (Works No. 9959) was officially re-launched into traffic on March 26 when a reenactment of the naming took place at Elsecar. During the event, William worked with fellow Sentinel 0-4-0VBT Gervase, a 1928 vertical boiler conversion of an earlier Manning Wardle ‘H’ class 0-4-0ST. Another Sentinel 0-4-0VBT, Works No. 9376 of 1947, which is currently awaiting restoration, made a rare appearance for photography.