STARS OF SEPTEM­BER STEAM GALAS

Steam Railway (UK) - - NARROW GAUGE -

The Welsh High­land Rail­way cel­e­brated its 21st birth­day in style on Septem­ber 14-16, with its an­nual ‘Su­per Power’ week­end.

Star at­trac­tion at the event – named ‘Now we are 21’ in hon­our of the an­niver­sary of the rail­way’s first op­er­a­tions be­tween Caernar­fon and Di­nas – was un­doubt­edly the Lyn­ton & Barn­sta­ple Rail­way’s replica Bald­win 2-4-2T No. 762

Lyn, which was mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance away from Woody Bay.

The lo­co­mo­tive ac­quit­ted it­self well on the climb be­tween Caernar­fon and Waun­fawr, the 6½-mile run be­ing con­sid­er­ably longer than that presently avail­able at its L&B base.

Al­though they shared the same rail­way at the event, Lyn was kept apart from the Ffes­tin­iog Rail­way’s replica L&B Man­ning, War­dle 2-6-2T No. E190 Lyd. These two met for the first time in preser­va­tion at the L&B’s Au­tumn Gala on Septem­ber 29/30, 83 years to the day since the leg­endary North Devon nar­row gauge line closed in 1935 (see News).

The WHR was not the only nar­row gauge line hold­ing its au­tumn steam gala. On Au­gust 31-Septem­ber 2, the Welsh­pool &

Llan­fair Light Rail­way wel­comed back the Sit­ting­bourne & Kem­s­ley Light Rail­way’s Kerr, Stu­art 0-6-2T Su­perb. The host rail­way had suf­fi­cient con­fi­dence in the vis­i­tor to al­low it to run over the full length of the line; last year it was re­stricted to Llan­fair Caere­in­ion-Cyfronydd.

The Stat­fold Barn Rail­way’s Septem­ber 8 open day added the War Of­fice Lo­co­mo­tive Trust’s Hun­slet 4-6-0T No. 303 and the Green­sand Rail­way Trust’s Leighton Buz­zard Rail­way-based Bald­win 4-6-0T No. 778 to its ex­ten­sive ros­ter; both lo­co­mo­tives dou­ble­head­ing and top-and-tail­ing trains.

On Septem­ber 15/16, the Leighton Buz­zard Rail­way held its steam gala, with Pa­trick Keef’s Bag­nall 0-4-0ST Woto, Nick Wil­liams’ An­drew Bar­clay 0-4-0T Jack and Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0ST CSR No. 19 vis­it­ing and run­ning along­side the Bed­ford­shire line’s home fleet.

It could al­most be Par­ra­combe in the early 1930s… L&BNo. 762 Lyn passes un­der a for­mer North Wales Nar­row Gauge Rail­ways bridge as it ar­rives at Waun­fawr on Septem­ber 15 dur­ing the WHR’s ‘Su­per Power’ week­end.

BOTH: PETER JOHN­SON

Dur­ing the Welsh­pool & Llan­fair Light Rail­way’s au­tumn gala the Sit­ting­bourne & Kem­s­ley Light Rail­way’s Kerr, Stu­art 0-6-2T Su­perb hauls Sierra Leone Rail­way car­riages at He­niarth on Septem­ber 2.

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