When the smallest stole the show!

DURING the very warm May Bank Holiday weekend, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway’s diminutive Port of Par Bagnall 0-4-0ST Judy made the long journey north to star at the East Lancashire Railway’s Thomas the Tank Engine event.

The Lancashire public were taken by surprise and did not expect to see such a small steam locomotive performing on their railway alongside a Bulleid Light Pacific and a Class 40 diesel.

Judy stands at the platform at Ramsbottom, waiting for the level crossing gates to open. JIMMY JAMES

Judy’s daily duties over the three-day event were to sort trucks at Ramsbottom, thus creating the startling sight of the smallest operational steam locomotive in standard gauge preservation passing through Bury, Burrs and Summerseat stations.

With some clever rostering, 18 ELR enginemen were able to sample Judy’s footplate, even if some of them are over 6ft tall.

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