CALEDONIAN GATHERING AS 828 JOINS 419 AT BO’NESS
Gala will be the first time since the 1920s that ‘Caley’ blue locomotives have run together.
Two Caledonian Railway locomotives will steam together for the first time in preservation at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway’s November 3/4 gala. McIntosh ‘812’ 0-6-0 No. 828, from the Strathspey Railway, which is owned by the CR 828 Trust, will pay its first visit to the BKR, running alongside the Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s ‘439’ 0-4-4T No. 419 for what SRPS director Mark Ashmole says will be “the one and only time for a generation.” It will be their first meeting, and the first pairing of two operational ‘Caley’ locomotives, in preservation; the only other time that two were seen in the same place was when No. 828 was housed in Glasgow Museum of Transport, along with ‘Single’ 4-2-2 No. 123, before moving to the Strathspey for restoration in 1980. The SRPS also explored the possibility of temporarily bringing No. 123 out of the new Glasgow Riverside museum to be displayed at the event, completing a hat-trick with all three surviving CR locomotives – but, says Mr Ashmole: “They said that they would need at least a year’s notice to do it, as it would mean dismantling part of the museum.” The gala will, however, offer the first opportunity since the early 20th century to pair No. 828 with the only two complete and operational ‘Caley’ vehicles in preservation – 1921-built Corridor Third No. 1375 and 1923-built Brake Composite Corridor No. 464. Caledonian wagons will also be brought out for the event. It will be No. 419’s first gala appearance following an extensive overhaul at Bo’ness, where the engine is estimated to be around two months from steaming. Also making its gala debut – this time following a contract overhaul at the Llangollen Railway – will be LNER ‘D49’ 4-4-0 No. 246 Morayshire, which is mechanically complete, while its firebox has all its replacement sections welded in and is having side stays fitted. It is anticipated that it will return to Scotland by the end of the summer. All three main line locomotives will be in operation on November 3/4 (along with resident Neilson Reid 0-6-0T Lord Roberts, and ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0STs Nos. 19 and 68007) while Friday November 2 will be a ‘preview day’ with No. 419 and Morayshire in service.
THIS WILL BE THE ONE AND ONLY TIME FOR A GENERATION MARK ASHMOLE
Seventeen years ago, McIntosh 0-4-4T No. 419 was fresh from its last overhaul at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. On March 31 2001, it is paired with the only two surviving operational Caledonian Railway carriages at Bo’ness, on the 4.15pm train for...