Narrow Gauge Gala
Little and Large at Toddington
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2014
The weather’s really turning
autumnal now, and the Autumn
Gala season is almost over.
This weekend was the turn of
the Toddington Narrow Gauge
Railway, and the forecast for
Sunday was good. The reality was even better.
It’s a super little setup at Toddington. The line isn’t long, about
¾m, but with loops at each end and another beside the depot at
California Crossing, there’s scope for some operating interest -
which was provided today by residents “Justine” (Jung 939 of
1906) and “Sena” (a Henschel”Brigadelok” 0-8-0T no 14968 of
1917), and visitor “Stanhope” (Kerr Stuart 2395 of 1917) from
Apedale. I think it’s an exchange visit - Toddington’s other
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5 October 2014
Brigadelok is at Apedale.
We had a quick look at the
standard gauge too - the GWR,
or Gloucestershire Warwickshire
Railway. Must come again and
“do” it properly - perhaps when
the line is open through to Broadway. An LMS 8F was in the
station when we arrived, no 8274 - which worked as Turkish
Railways’ 45160 for many years. Later, another 2-8-0, this time
of the Great Western tank engine variety, arrived, paused, then
headed north, appropriately on a freight (admittedly rather a
short one, but who’s complaining?).
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway