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‘Caley’ No. 419 in for unavailable ‘Manor’ at Churnet Valley gala

CALEDONIAN Railway ‘439’ class 0-4-4T No. 419 will journey to England later this month to deputise for ‘Manor’ No. 7827 Lydham Manor at the Churnet Valley Railway’s Winter Steam Gala on February 23-24. 

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) loco, which returned to service following overhaul last October, has been released by the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway after the Dartmouth Steam Railway rendered the ‘Manor’ unavailable. 

Caledonian Railway 0-4-4T No. 419 pulls away from Hodd’s Bridge on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway during a photographic charter on November 9 last year. DAVID CABLE

An issue with the Devon line’s spare loco, ‘4MT’ No. 75014 Braveheart, which was to cover the ‘Manor’s’ visit to Staffordshire, has resulted in the Collett 4-6-0 having to remain on its home railway.

The urgent appeal for a replacement loco was eagerly accepted by the SRPS, providing an opportunity to showcase the John F McIntosh-designed loco on an English preserved line for the first time in more than 35 years. 

SRPS spokesman Mark Ashmole said: “It is brilliant to be able to help a fellow heritage railway at such short notice. To see the engine operate south of the border is something really quite special and has not been seen for a long time.”  

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