Gala will be the first time since the 1920s that ‘Ca­ley’ blue lo­co­mo­tives have run to­gether.

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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.


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...

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