A third steam loco has been added to the ‘Middy’s’ 2015 roster.
We are delighted to announce Cockerill-designed tram engine no. 2525 is to be based at the MSLR this year and will be in action alongside the rest of the home fleet on operating days.
The engine, built in Belgium in 1906, is a vertical boiler well tank with an 0-4-0 wheel arrangement (abbreviated to 0-4-0VBWT) and arrived from the Mid-Norfolk Railway last night before being unloaded this morning (Wednesday, December 3).
Instead of the boiler running lengthways along the engine above the main frames like most locomotives, it sits upright between with the firebox underneath.
Being a well tank means a large part of the water is carried under the running board and cab floor instead of in a tender, or tanks alongside or straddling the boiler.
The privately-owned tram, the first loco to visit the preserved ‘Middy’ with Walschaerts valve gear, will be used on both regular service trains and driver for a tenner experiences during the year.
This gives the railway the chance to run with multiple engines more frequently than in previous years, providing added attractions on operating days.
Due to its ability to raise steam in a short amount of time it is also an ideal back up engine and can be used for shunting movements on non-open days more economically than other steam locos.