Steam in the fields
September Steam at Statfold
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2014
There are usually many
locomotives in steam at
Statfold open days - on the
railway. For the September
events, there are road vehicles
too - traction engines, steam
rollers, steam lorries etc -
As ever, it’s difficult to count
the number of locos in steam on
the railway - I didn’t try. There
are fourteen in total on my
photos... One or two familiar
faces were absent - the big blue
Mallet and the two black Pakis
Baru locos were cold in the
museum building, and GP39 is at
Apedale. There’s one newcomer
- at least, in its current shape.
“Howard” is a hefty Hunslet 0-4-
2 saddle tank - but last time I
saw him in action, he was
“Josephine”, and had side tanks... Howard runs on 2’0” gauge
tracks - but was built as a 3’0” gauge saddle tank for the Fort
William aluminium lines, and bore the name “Lady Morrison”.
One confused locomotive!
The road vehicles were on display in the field below the car
park, but later in the afternoon, they broke out, sneaking one
after another along the lane down to the Grain Shed. Cautiously
they made their way across the railway tracks and onto the
stubble field beside the line, for all the world like a herd of
inquisitive cows. Some stood huddle in small groups, while
others wandered about the field for a while. Eventually, they
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lost interest and began to amble back towards their own field.
It’s fun at Statfold!
Statfold Barn Railway
Sam works on the footplate at the Battlefield
line and from time to time at Bala and Statfold,
and keeps a great blog. I’ve snapped him,
unknowingly, on previous occasions - today we
were able to make face-to-face contact. Thanks
for the ride, Sam, and keep up the good work.