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Visiting Locomotive for W&L Gala 2010

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by houghtonga, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. houghtonga

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    W&L Press Release (from Andrew Charman via W&L egroup)

    "Chevallier" heads for Llanfair Gala

    FOR the first time in over a decade the Welshpool & Llanfair Light
    Railway (W&LLR) is to welcome a visiting steam locomotive to its
    annual September Steam Gala.

    The locomotive, Manning Wardle 0-6-2T "Chevallier", has several
    connections with the Mid-Wales line, and indeed has visited before, in
    1991.

    "Chevallier" was built in 1915 for the Chattenden & Upnor Railway,
    a line ran by the Admiralty in Kent. Years later in 1963 the fledgling
    preservationists of the W&LLR obtained their first passenger rolling
    stock from the Chattenden line, together with diesel locomotive
    "Chattenden" which still runs at Llanfair today.

    In 1950 "Chevallier" was sold on from Chattenden to Bowaters Paper
    Mills in Sittingbourne, also in Kent. This system would later form the
    basis of the preserved Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway, to which
    the W&LLR later sold on the ex-Chattenden rolling stock.

    By this time however, "Chevallier" had moved again, to the railway
    built to run through the wildlife enclosures at Whipsnade Zoo and
    Safari Park in Bedfordshire. Here the loco remained until 2006, when
    it was purchased from Sir William (Bill) McAlpine and moved to the
    Forest of Dean. In 2009 a heavy general overhaul began at the Flour
    Mill workshop, which is scheduled for completion in August 2010.

    "We need to make sure it works once we've finished," commented
    Bill Parker of the Flour Mill, "and what better place than the
    Welshpool & Llanfair? A little bit of everything, and a lot of
    beautiful countryside, steep gradients and passengers, not to mention
    enthusiastic volunteers".

    "We are delighted to play host to this historic and immaculately
    restored locomotive and thank Bill for making it available to us,"
    commented W&LLR General Manager, Terry Turner. "It will haul its
    share of Gala trains and is bound to be a star attraction in GWR green
    with lots of brass and copper on display" he added.

    The W&LLR Annual Steam Gala will run from 3rd to 5th September and
    feature a number of attractions in addition to "Chevallier". The
    last locomotive to visit the W&LLR Gala was Henschel 0-6-0 "Siam"
    from the Bredgar & Wormshill Railway in Kent, way back in 1995.

    ENDS
     
  2. jamesd

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    Brilliant, about time they got a visiting engine again! Let's hope it definitely goes ahead and the loco is finished in time.
     
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    Is it Chevalier the loco that may be exported? Possibly the last chance to see it in the UK if it is!
     

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