...a bit warmer than last time...
Statfold - the O&K day
3 June 2006
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I'd promised myself a return trip - so when the IRS advertised this event, I booked straight away. The previous trip had been excellent - but the weather had been bitterly cold and dull - perhaps a June fixture could be better... Sure enough, the clouds cleared and the sun shone from a blue sky on this warm day - although, photographically, its height in the sky didn't help, especially as the main run back from the fields is more-
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fellow O&K "Montalban" 6641 of 1913 from the West Lancs Light Railway, Statfold, the "new" Hunslet 3903 of 2005, Trangkil, the last "old" Hunslet 3902 of 1971, and Harrogate - the fine 0-6-0ST Peckett 2050 of 1944 Returning from the fields, we visited the garden railway - resident Simplex "Charley", MR gave us a ride in the open coach. Then, after a bite of lunch, it was out to the fields, to photograph and video, as best we could, the steamy action! The Statfold Barn Railway is not open to the public - it is a private undertaking. The only was to get there is by invitation to one of the three annual opens days - see the SBR website (below). Links: Industrial Railway Society Statfold Barn Railway official website West Lancs Light Railway
Steam on the field railway  All five steam locomotives are seen out on the line in this compilation of clips
Charley in the garden A trip around the garden railway, plus lineside scenes, featuring Charley the Motor Rail
or-less north-south - and the stars of the event were in all-black livery. Nevertheless, it was another excellent day. We started with a ride out on the field railway behind 2'6" gauge O&K 614 of 1900 - "Pakis Baru No 1" (in 2' gauge stock!). This little loco was in the running shed last time, nearing completion of its renovation - today would be its debut event. Accompanying it in action would be
Keeping an eye on the action... Hunslet steam roller Trangkil No 4 on shed Pakis Baru No 1 - out in the fields Pakis Baru No 1 - out in the fields A trip with Charley Charley in the garden Pakis Baru No 1 leaves the station Harrogate heads for the fields Pakis Baru No 1 returns from the fields Pakis Baru No 1 returns from the fields Trangkil heads for the fields Montalban returns from the fields Statfold returns from the fields Pakis Baru No1 returns from the fields Smoke, steam and Montalban The Harrogate gas works Peckett The Harrogate gas works Peckett Statfold heads for the fields