THE Ravenglas & Eskdale Railway will be celebrating two major events this year – the debut of its ‘Train from Spain’ and the 50th anniversary of what is considered the heritage sector’s first new-build locomotive.
The Train from Spain, Krauss Pacific No.8457 – which ran at the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville from 1929-32 and was imported to the UK following its purchase by the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society in the English Lake District – has been named by its supporters.
Originally called Pinta – named after one of Columbus’ three ships – society members voted from six options (including the old name) to call it Whillan Beck, after the stream which passes under the railway at its Dalegarth terminus.
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The new name ties with the names of some of the railway’s other engines – River Irt, River Esk and River Mite, which are all named after rivers flowing into the sea at Ravenglass.
Members also voted on a colour scheme for the engine, which is currently in a Midland red resembling the LMS Duchess locomotives so admired by the engineer restoring it in Spain. It will now be replaced by a Caledonian Railway blue, which received more than 50% of society members’ votes!
Read more in Issue 226 of HR – out now!
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