‘LARGE PRAIRIE’ AND ‘4MT’ TANK FOR ‘WATER­CRESS LINE’ GALA

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GWR ‘Large Prairie’ No. 5199 and BR ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T No. 80078 have joined the guest list for the Mid-Hants Rail­way’s Au­tumn Steam Gala on Oc­to­ber 19-21.

The Llan­gollen-based ‘5101’ 2-6-2T will be mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance on the ‘Water­cress Line’, while the Stan­dard tank – which pre­vi­ously vis­ited the rail­way for the ‘End of South­ern Steam’ gala in July 2017 – is re­turn­ing to the hire cir­cuit after re­ceiv­ing a new cylin­der (SR484).

Al­ready con­firmed for the event was BR-built ‘Manor’ No. 7822 Fox­cote Manor, which will also be mak­ing its de­but on the MHR’s ‘Alps’, and re­call­ing the use of the Col­lett 4-6-0s on the Read­ing-Red­hill route in steam days.

Lo­co­mo­tives ex­pected to be in steam from the home fleet are Maun­sell ‘Schools’ 4-4-0 No. 925 Chel­tenham, Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2-6-2T No. 41312, Rid­dles ‘4MT’ 2-6-0 No. 76017 and ‘9F’ 2-10-0 No. 92212.

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