Whillan Beck set for May Lakeland debut

THE Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society’s Train From Spain is to make its debut on the Lakeland line in the spring.

The engine, to be named Whillan Beck, has been painted in Caledonian Railway blue livery following its
overhaul at Old Hall Engineering in Bouth, South Lakeland, and delivered to the 15in-gauge line on November 20.

Whillan Beck newly arrived at Ravenglass on November 20 following its overhaul. KEITH HERBERT

Late last year it was trialled at Ravenglass following initial works undertaken at Old Hall. Still missing equipment such as the all-important sanding gear for handling inclement conditions and a ‘bad rail’, the Krauss 4-6-2 nevertheless coped with even the eight of 12 coaches in tow. Now it will undergo a similar process of testing before being accepted into traffic for the 2018 season.

Recent works include fitting the sanders, remachining the interior of the cylinders and improvements to the wheel profile, which will make it fully compatible with the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway track.

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