The landslip near Kingscote station that had disrupted the "Santa
Special" trains had not been repaired in
time for the 2001 Winter Steam Up, held over the weekend of
Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th February. As a result,
an intensive service operated between Sheffield Park and
Horsted Keynes, featuring locomotives all over 100 years old.
Above : O1 Class No.65
works hard to build up speed after a 5mph speed restriction
south of Holywell. The train is the 9.45 from Sheffield Park,
made up of the Bulleid set.
Above : No.473 "Birch
Grove" coasts down the 1 in 75 at Holywell with the
10.05 from Horsted Keynes.
Nos.672 "Fenchurch" and W8
"Freshwater" worked the 10.30 from Sheffield Park
[above left, approaching New Road bridge], which became the
11.23 from Horsted Keynes [above right, just after crossing
New Road bridge]. No.672 had only returned to service a week
earlier, after an overhaul which had seen the locomotive
back-converted from A1X to A1 specification.
Above left : No.55 "Stepney"
was the fourth Terrier to be involved in the event, and made
its first appearance of the weekend when it piloted No.65 on
the 1.25 from Sheffield Park. Above right : W11 "Newport" leads No.473
as the pair storm up the 1 in 75 past Nobles with the 2.35.
Above left : W8 leads 672 down the 1 in
75 towards Caseford bridge - thanks to the crew for putting
on steam for a few seconds !!
Above right : Nos. 55 and 65 were paired together again to
work the 3.10 from Sheffield Park, seen approaching Horsted