Oldest ever loco for Middy in the 1940s

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In a last minute change of plan, the main loco for Middy in the 1940s will be Beyer Peacock  no. 1827 which was built in 1879 making it 143 years old, but still going strong. The original arrangement was to welcome back our old friend ‘Wissington’ the Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST which has served us well several times in the past, however  ‘Wissington’s’ restoration at the North Norfolk Railway has hit a snag and won’t be coming to us until later in the summer.

In the meantime we are delighted to have have the oldest loco ever to grace our railway in partnership with the resident Cockerill tram loco which itself is well over 100 years old to act as motive power for the 1940s weekend.

They say a week is a long time in politics and it seems that is also true for heritage railways so ‘Wissinigton’ fans will have to wait just bit longer for a Hudswell Clarke to be steaming on the Middy again.

Hudswell Clarke 1700 ‘Wissington’. Photo: Lawrie Rose

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