There were twenty locomotives in steam and in action today at the Statfold Barn RaIlway. Twenty! And a tram... I heard more than one visitor remark that this must be the best value day out in Britain (50p per loco, with the tram thrown in free?)As ever, there’s something unexpected - on this occasion, the smart little Kerr, Stuart side tank “Diana” from Bala Lake (we met her last year, on her first day in public service - see “Diana’s Debut”), complete with headboard proclaiming her 100th birthday this year. The other star (they’re all stars really, but we have to point out the unusual) was the Peckett “Liassic” (P1632 of 1923), newly-restored and truly resplendant in lined green livery.
I should have mentioned “The Goose”. This remarkable railbus was in action in an unintended way - it ended its day’s service being pushed into the “naughty siding” beside the loop. Another unexpected move involved one of the huge battery-electric locomotives (for South Tynedale?) which trundled silently down to the loop and back, light engine. First thought - has it gone to rescue the Goose? No - it returned empty-handed.Enough said. The weather behaved itself. I didn’t attempt to record all 20 locomotives - so the pictures are just an impression of the fun to be had with twenty steam locos and a tram. Link: Statfold Barn Railway