Goods Train Weekend
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April 2006
Goods trains were a
very important source of revenue on railway lines like ours. In the
early 1880s, the railways were able to move many tons of materials,
livestock and commodities across the country, the like of which had
never been seen before.
Pick up the Goods
We demonstrated how this was achieved with period British Railways road
vehicles delivering and collecting parcels for conveyance by goods trains.
Two vintage goods trains ran, hauled by LSWR B4 Class
locomotive No.96 "Normandy" built in 1893, SECR O1
Class locomotive, No.65 built in 1896, and GWR locomotive No.9017 "Earl of Berkeley".
Passenger services hauled by Blackmoor Vale and 75027.
The pre-grouping goods train ran, hauled by LBSCR Terrier No.672 "Fenchurch" of 1872. Normandy shunted at Horsted Keynes. Passenger services hauled by the O1 and Blackmoor Vale, and the Golden Arrow lunchtime train by 75027.
Blackmoor Vale's train included the LMS Bananna Van.
Some re-organisation was necessary as the U-class has had a recurrence of brake problems on the tender. The Esso bitumen tanker has birds nesting in it, so couldn't be used!
Photographs on this page by Derek Hayward, Jon Bowers, Chris Dadson
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