Saddle tank’s Polish visit is off
June’s ‘Wolsztyn gala’ will not be graced by Beyer Peacock 0-4-0ST No. 1827 as hoped. The Foxfieldbased saddle tank was to have moved to Poland for the event (SR475), but organiser Howard Jones said concerns over potential limits on its operation contributed to a decision not to go ahead. “I didn’t mind spending the money if we could have run it down the line to Tuchorza,” Mr Jones told Steam Railway on June 12. “But there came a point where we had to let the transport go and we weren’t confident because it only has a locomotive brake.” The June 21-24 event is a new departure for the Polish steam centre, which is now globally unique by running main line steam on passenger services. However the visit of the 1879-built No. 1827 would not have been the first by a British engine: Bill Parker’s ‘Prairie’ No. 5521 was there for the shed’s centenary in 2007.