Stanhope to mark centenary along with Welsh visitor


THE Moseley Railway Trust is to hold a special gala to mark the centenary of its Kerr, Stuart Tattoo class 0-4-2ST Stanhope.

The star guest at the Apedale Valley Light Railway’s May 16-17 gala will be Diana from the Bala Lake Railway. PAUL JARMAN

The May 13-14 gala at the Apedale Valley Light Railway – five miles from where the locomotive, No. 2395 of 1917, was built in Stoke-on-Trent – will also feature a visit by the only surviving Kerr, Stuart Sirdar class 0-4-0T in Europe, Phil Mason’s No 1158 of 1917 Diana, which is based at the Bala Lake Railway.

Further visiting locomotives were under negotiation as we closed for press, with the aim of assembling the largest-ever gathering of Kerr Stuart locomotives in preservation.

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There will be model railways and trade stands, plus military re-enactors in the venue’s unique recreated First World War trench system.

The trust will also be launching a new book telling the story of Stanhope and its survival, which came about due to an argument between two well-known personalities from the early years of narrow gauge preservation.

Stanhope was the first of the maker’s Tattoo type to be fitted with Hackworth valve gear, a feature that was eventually employed across Kerr Stuart’s standard range of steam locomotives.

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