Superb will be even more so at big Welshpool gala


Bagnall 0-6-2T Superb will be making a return visit to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway for the August 30-September 1 gala.

Superb, built in 1940 for the Bowaters paper mill at Sittingbourne, and based at the Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway, proved a big success on its inaugural visit to Mid Wales last year.

However, for this year’s gala, it is planned for Superb to be used more extensively, including for the first time taking charge of passenger services over the whole line, including the 1-in-29 Golfa bank out of Welshpool.

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It is also set to double-head with home-based locomotives, including Kerr Stuart 0-6-2ST Joan, which is effectively a sister design to Superb.

Superb attracting admiring glances during its previous visit to Llanfair Caereinion. WLLR

Also visiting from the Sittingbourne line will be a hand pump trolley, to be stationed on the bay platform line at Welshpool Raven Square station, and for a donation to railway funds visitors will be invited to ‘have a go’.

Raven Square will host a miniature railway, miniature road steam engines, a model railway exhibition in the display shed and various railway-themed stalls. Llanfair highlights will include displays in the workshop, traction engines and other vehicles in the yard, and a large 16mm layout and model engineering display in the former Colinette industrial unit next to the station. There will be an evening train on the Saturday too.

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Llanfair station will also be linked by a free bus to the separate-entry garden railway show on the Saturday and Sunday at Llanfair High School.

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