© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
The very first "Rail Diaries" entry was made
just over ten years ago - using the slides taken
on our first visit to the Amerton Railway,
between Stafford and Uttoxeter. Amerton was
the home of Bagnall "Isabel", then relatively
recently restored after years on the plinth near
Stafford station. Now Staffordshire has three
super narrow gauge railways - and for its 2010
gala, Amerton would see five steam
locomotives in action on the mile-long circuit.
Isabel (WB 1491 of 1897) has of course been joined recently by
new-build "Wren", "Jennie" (HE 3905 of 2007) and the unusual
"Paddy", a vertical-boilered locomotive built by Wilbrighton
Wagon Works in 2007. Visiting for the gala were "Max", O&K
10750 of 1923, an 0-6-0 tender locomotive, and the much-
travelled "Peter Pan", another (original) Wren, Kerr Stuart 4256
of 1922. What a great line-up! "You haven't
met Max - he's rather fine" I said to my
wife, who would be accompanying me.
Little more needs to be said. Amerton is a
great place to be on a fine sunny day. The
trains (1 passenger, 2 freight) contra-
rotate, passing in the station and at a loop out in the fields.
Frequent loco changes contribute to the variety, and given that
the line is (sort-of) circular, the light is always "right" somewhere
around the line. Great fun!
"So, what did you think of Max?" "He's very nice, isn't he? His eyes
are too close together though". I think I knew what she meant.
The Amerton Railway