Little and Large at Statfold
The Davenport and the Plymouth
© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2015
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
18 April 2015
It’s the IRS AGM - being held this
year at Statfold. Before the
meeting, our entertainment
would have a transatlantic
flavour, in the form of
diminutive 2’ gauge Davenport
0-4-0ST 1650 of 1917 and hefty
(but not ponderous) Plymouth diesel 5800 of 1954.
We first met the Davenport in June 2013, then recently
arrived from India, where, after industrial service at a sugar
mill, it had spent some time out of use. Beyond hope? Looks
can be deceptive... The rumour was that it was at the top of
Graham Lee’s “to-do” list - and sure enough, it returned to
steam, superbly restored as ever, in March this year.
The aforementioned diesel (“Tiny”)
also runs on the 2’ gauge track - but
started life as a 3’ gauge
locomotive, being re-gauged in late
2013. Operating the other passenger
train in service today, it has a
satisfying “growl” when working.
There’s little else needs to be said - other than that
meetings are so much more interesting when there are a
couple of railway locomotives and a tram listening in...
Statfold Barn Railway
Industrial Railway Society