Steam at Threlkeld Quarry
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Geoff’s Rail Diaries
26 August 2015
We’re heading north, and need a break in the journey. Let’s look in at Threlkeld, beneath the slopes of Blencathra in the Lake District We called here a few years ago, on a quiet Monday morning when the railway wasn’t operating, and had an interesting time in the quarrying and mining museum, before checking out the railway. Bagnall “Sir Tom” (2135 of 1925) stood cold in his shed. We’ll have to come another day when he’s working... Having just seen a train leave, we checked out the museum, until a whistle tempted us outside again. We took a short but
enjoyable ride on the steeply-graded line, surveying the many excavators on display. Close beside the line is a remarkable machine - a Ruston steam navvy. in working order but not in use today. Back at the museum, there’s time to check out the loco shed, where there’s a new steam locomotive under construction. Finally, a few lineside shots would complete the enjoyable visit (made more enjoyable for the fact that, despite a shower of rain when the train should have come, the sun shone brightly when it did come, a couple of minutes later. Doesn’t always happen... Link: Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
Arrival Headshunt with hills Time for a drink Coming off shed At the top Sir Tom at the top Steam in the quarry Posing Running round On shed Ruston steam navvy A sunny departure Sunshine after a shower Climbing New loco frames and wheels