Three Katie’s booked for Kirklees gala!

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THE Friends of Kirklees Light Railway’s Annual Steam & Diesel Gala Weekend on September
14-15 will feature two visiting locos and a resident – all named Katie.

The event theme is Estate Railways, with visiting locos comprising resurrected 1896-built Heywood 0-4-0T Katie and 0-8-2 River Irt, from Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway; Eaton Hall Railway’s 1996-built replica 0-4-0T Katie; Rhyl Miniature Railway’s Cagney 4-4-0 No. 44; and privately owned Bassett-Lowke 4-4-2 ‘Little Giant’ Count Louis.

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Kirklees Light Railway’s Trevor Guest-built 2-4-2 Katie pictured on July 7 during its visit to Evesham Vale Light Railway’s Railway Gala and Historic Transport Weekend. Accompanying Katie for this visit was 4w-4wT Owl, also from Kirklees. ALISTAIR GRIEVE

The third ‘Katie’ is Kirklees own Trevor Guest-built 2-4-2 Katie, supported by sister Guest 2-4-2 Siân, and residents 0-6-4T Badger, 0-4-4-0T Hawk, 4w-4wT Owl, 4wD Jay, and 0-4-0 tram No. 7.

There will be an intensive timetable of all-line and Clayton West-Skelmanthorpe shuttles – plus the famed ‘Shelley or Bust’ train, hauled by as many locos as possible to close the event.

Read more News and Features in the September 2019 issue of The RM –on sale now!

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