Richboro and Aln Valley head east

THE Aln Valley Railway’s former Port of London Authority Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T No. 1243 of 1917 Richboro passed its boiler test on November 24, allowing it to work the line’s Mince Pie Specials between Christmas and the new year.

Richboro marks its 100th birthday by running over part of the original trackbed of the Alnwick branch on November 17. AVR

These will be the first public trains scheduled to travel on the railway’s extended track as far as bridge 6.

On November 17, Richboro, coupled to a Shark brakevan, was used on a works train as far as the limit of completed track to deliver a bogie bolster wagon laden with rails for the next phase of tracklaying. This was the first steam-hauled freight on the original trackbed of the line for over 50 years.

The track has now been extended as far as the former bridge 5 (which linked fields on both sides of the track) and sleepers are in place, awaiting rails, on Cawledge Viaduct.

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