Middy announces guest loco for the 2024 season

The duty locomotive for 2024 will be Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST works no 1219 and named ‘Caledonian Works’. 1219 was built in 1910 making her 114 years old. Nonetheless this tough little shunter is more than capable of hauling MSLR two and three coach trains. 

Subject to final boiler certification and contract, ‘Caledonian Works’ will be arriving at Brockford week commencing 18th March ready to undergo familiarising turns with the Operations Dept. and crews in time for the first public outings during Easter weekend 31st March and 1st April.

‘We are delighted to obtain this pretty little loco for the season – a real asset for the Middy this year,” said John Durrant MSLR Locomotive Superintendent, “Although her type never ran on the original line, she is very much a contemporary Edwardian machine and suits our period perfectly”.

1219 was delivered new to Stewart & Lloyd Ltd at their Clydesdale Works in Mossend near Motherwell. In preservation the locomotive has been living at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.  She was restored on the West Somerset Railway at Williton and was returned to steam in early 2016 before taking up residence at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.

Visitors will be able to see ‘Caledonian Works’ in operation on all of our open days and stays with us at least until the ‘Everything Goes’ Day on 1st September.

1219 seen here at Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.