Gala day on the RLR
Manifold steam at Rudyard Lake
27 June 2004  
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Not many miles from Rudyard Lake lies the trackbed of the late Leek and Manifold Railway, which sadly closed forever more than 70 years ago. Its motive power consisted of a fine pair of 2-6-4T locomotives built by Kitsons on Leeds. Today, a 1/3 scale replica of E R Calthrop would be revisiting the line - for the annual Steam Gala.
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
"E R Calthrop" poses at Rudyard "Merlin" departs from Rudyard station Sunlight, shade and "Merlin" Passing loop - Excalibur and E R Calthrop "E R Calthrop" heads the 4.20pm
The line has been covered in these pages before - suffice it to say this was a "train every 20 minutes" service - using residents "Merlin", "Excalibur" and the visitor, with trains passing in the loop half-way along the line, and changing engines on arrival at Rudyard station, the line's HQ. So without further ado, here are a few photos and video clips of the day's action... Link: Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
Rudyard Lake Steam Lineside action with E R Calthrop, Merlin and Excalibur