Ivatt trIo for Cran­more and the Isle of WIght?

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Con­sec­u­tively num­bered Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2‑6‑2Ts Nos. 41312 and 41313 are to run to­gether at the East Som­er­set Rail­way for one day only on Septem­ber 16. The op­por­tu­nity is be­ing seized to bring No. 41312 from the Mid‑Hants Rail­way be­fore its class­mate moves to its new home at the Isle of Wight Steam Rail­way in early October. Out­shopped at Cran­more in June fol­low­ing a two‑ year con­tract restora­tion, Septem­ber 16 will be No. 41313’s last steam­ing be­fore head­ing across the Solent. It is hoped that a third Ivatt ‑ 2‑6‑0 No. 46447, on long‑term loan to Cran­more from the IoWSR ‑ will also be in steam for the event. An Ivatt trio could also be in prospect on the Isle of Wight next spring, if a pro­posed visit by No. 46447 goes ahead. The IoWSR is con­sid­er­ing an ap­proach to the ESR about the pos­si­bil­ity of the ‘Mogul’ star­ring in Haven­street’s steam gala in May 2018 ‑ it would make his­tory as the first ten­der lo­co­mo­tive ever to run on the island, join­ing the IoWSR’s 2‑6‑2Ts Nos. 41298 and 41313. The event is likely to be the first time the tank en­gines run to­gether, as No. 41313 will not en­ter ser­vice un­til next year. A new in­spec­tion pit has been built at Haven­street, al­low­ing both 2‑6‑2Ts to be ser­viced si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

NEVILLE WELLINGS

newly re­stored Ivatt 2-6-2t no. 41313 at Cran­more on au­gust 26.

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