Visiting the Swanage Railway

‘Caley’ tank ups and downs: It’s a success in Swanage but fails at North Norfolk

CALEDONIAN Railway 0-4-4T No. 419 suffered mixed fortunes during late-March/early-April, having proved a big hit at the Swanage Railway’s March 29-31 Spring Steam Up, but missing out on much of the North Norfolk Railway’s gala the following weekend.

The Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s McIntosh ‘439’ class 0-4-4T No. 419 makes a fine sight double-heading with Swanage-based ‘T9’ 4-4-0 No. 30120 on the grade towards Harmans Cross with the 16.00 Swanage-Norden service on March 29. STEPHEN GINN

The Swanage event coincided with the visit of ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman, and also featured Great Central Railway-based Ivatt ‘2MT’ 2-6-0 No. 46521, although for many it was the ‘Caley’ tank that stole the show. 

At times No. 419 was used on two-coach local services, which the Swanage Railway’s David Rawsthorn said “received much comment and appreciation from the photographers who filled the platforms and viewing spots along the lineside”.

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