First steam to Broad­way

Fore­marke Hall is first steam lo­co­mo­tive to visit new ‘GlosWarks’ ter­mi­nus.

Steam Railway (UK) - - Contents - BY THOMAS BRIGHT

‘ Mod­i­fied Hall’ No. 7903 Fore­marke Hall made his­tory on March 3, as the first steam lo­co­mo­tive to call at Broad­way sta­tion in nearly 60 years. Al­most 58 years to the day since the sta­tion closed on March 7 1960, the Hawksworth 4-6-0 hauled a train into the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Steam Rail­way’s new ter­mi­nus. It was the first op­por­tu­nity to run such a train since the Broad­way ex­ten­sion was com­pleted on De­cem­ber 23 last year (SR476). It hauled an eight-coach gaug­ing train to en­sure that no ad­just­ments were nec­es­sary on ei­ther the sta­tion or per­ma­nent way ahead of March 30, when Lord Richard Faulkner of Worces­ter, pres­i­dent of the Her­itage Rail­way As­so­ci­a­tion and pa­tron of the GWSR, will of­fi­cially open the new sta­tion. ‘Mer­chant Navy’ No. 35006 Penin­su­lar & Ori­en­tal S. N. Co. hauled a spe­cial train for GWSR vol­un­teers, sup­port­ers and share­hold­ers on March 21, while pub­lic trains will run from March 30. Work con­tin­ues on fit­ting out the in­te­rior of the book­ing hall, book­ing of­fice and toi­lets in time for the open­ing cer­e­mony, with the café and car park to fol­low later in the year.

On March 21, ‘Mer­chant Navy’ No. 35006 Penin­su­lar & Ori­en­tal S. N. Co. be­came the sec­ond steam lo­co­mo­tive to grace Broad­way since the ex­ten­sion was com­pleted.

BOTH: JACK BOSKETT

The pi­o­neer­ing lo­co­mo­tive crew: Driver John Cruxon and ex-BR fire­man Chris Smith lean out of Fore­marke Hall’s cab on March 3.

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