Lister petrol loco goes full circle

DIMINUTIVE 2ft gauge 1½ ton, four-wheel Lister petrol locomotive No. 6299 returned to operation on August 28 after 45 years of static display and storage.

The R-type locomotive, powered by a 600cc JAP engine, re-entered service at the Westonzoyland Light Railway at Westonzoyland Pumping Station near Bridgwater in Somerset following an extensive overhaul by member Jason Keswick.

Lister No. 6299 back in action at Westonzoyland Pumping Station. PETER NICHOLSON

Although not fully complete, it was sufficiently far advanced to work trains during the annual railway gala, both solo and with the venue’s former Somerset peat works diesel Lister.

Unlike previous years there was no visiting locomotive for the event, as arrival of this new member of stock was considered to be sufficiently noteworthy.

Indeed, there has not been any addition or changes to the resident locomotives since diesel Lister No. 34758 arrived back in June 1984, when it joined ex-Severn Trent Water Authority Motor Rail No. 40S310.

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