The Long Shop Museum at Leiston will be without its popular Aveling & Porter 4wWTG Sirapite (6158/1906) this summer while the Rochester-built locomotive makes an extended visit to the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (MSLR).
The geared locomotive spent 33 years in Leiston as the works shunter for traction engine manufacturer Richard Garrett & Sons.
It is expected to arrive at Brockford on April 5 and will remain throughout the peak season. It will be Sirapite’s first visit away from Leiston since it returned to steam in 2009 after a five-year, Heritage Lottery-funded restoration.
However, owing to the locomotive’s light weight (8 tons 10 cwt) and absence of vacuum braking gear, Sirapite will not work the MSLR’s passenger trains during its stay. Instead it will be steamed on selected days to provide shunting and goods vehicle demonstrations.
Read more in the March 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!
Railway ReadsFrom the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
Get The Railway Hub Weekly Round-upEnter your e-mail address below and you will receive weekly rail news straight into your inbox...
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- Book of the Week: Railways and Recollections - 27th June 2022
- Passenger numbers as low as 12% as services disrupted by rail strikes - 23rd June 2022
- What rail services will run on Friday after the latest strike? - 23rd June 2022