MAKING A ‘MIKADO’
It is not every day that a new ‘P2’ rolls out of the workshops as a ‘complete’ 2‑8‑2. Steam Railway was exclusively invited to witness this important milestone in the construction of No. 2007 Prince of Wales and see what enthusiasts can expect to see in 2021.
Over two dozen miniature steam locomotives assembled at the Moors Valley Railway on september 22/23 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Tinkerbell – the original sit-in 7¼in gauge locomotive (in yellow). the event hosted 15 visiting engines, including one from the Netherlands.the original 1829-built Rocket moved to the science & Industry Museum – formerly the Museum of science & Industry – in Manchester on september 20. It will remain on display until April 21 next year, when it will return to the science Museum in Kensington ahead of its eventual permanent transfer to the National Railway Museum in York.New-build Great Central Railway ‘Class 2’ No. 567 now formally exists, following the erection and assembly of its frames at the GCR (Nottingham) for the GCR No. 567 Locomotive Group’s supporters’ day at Ruddington on september 15. Read more about the project in part two of our new-build health check, pages 80-84.On its way back to its Foxfield Railway home from the Middleton Railway’s ‘Last Coals to Leeds’ gala on september 29/30, the opportunity was taken to pose hunslet ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0st Works No. 3839 Wimblebury outside the former hunslet Locomotive Works offices, effectively returning the former NCB engine to the place of its birth.