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Beat­tie well tank No. 30587 has joined Adams ‘O2’ Calbourne on the guest list for the Blue­bell Rail­way in Fe­bru­ary.

It means that the Sus­sex line’s ‘Branch Line’ week­end will in­clude a gath­er­ing of no fewer than four LSWR de­sign lo­co­mo­tives, with Adams ‘Ra­dial’ 4-4-2T No. 488 and ‘B4’ dock tank No. 96 Nor­mandy al­ready res­i­dent at Sh­effield Park; al­beit static.

The event takes place on Fe­bru­ary 15-17, although the visit of the Isle of Wight Steam Rail­way’s 0-4-4T will not be con­firmed un­til the turn of the year (SR485).

The Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum’s Beat­tie played a star­ring role in the Avon Val­ley Rail­way’s end-of­sea­son gala on Novem­ber 10/11, (to­gether with Kent & East Sus­sex Rail­way ‘Terrier’ No. 32678), and has re­turned to York, where it spent the school sum­mer hol­i­days on brake van ride duty in the South Yard.

The 2-4-0WT re­ceived at­ten­tion to the bal­ance weights on the driv­ing wheelsets, which had be­come, says the en­gine’s Bod­min & Wen­ford Rail­way cus­to­dian gen­eral man­ager, Chris Hat­ton, “slightly loose”.

It is planned that the for­mer Wen­ford­bridge branch vet­eran will re­turn to Corn­wall next au­tumn, fol­low­ing its Blue­bell de­but and a suc­ces­sive sum­mer sea­son at the NRM.


South­ern­ers in ex­ile: Well tank No. 30587 and ‘A1X’ No. 32678 await de­par­ture from the Avon Val­ley Rail­way’s River­side sta­tion on Novem­ber 11.

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