The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway was excited to have guest locomotive No22 running from Sunday 4th July 2021 throughout the summer months. It was built in 1956 for the National Coal Board (NCB) by the Hunslet Engine Company. The loco worked at the Graig Merthyr Colliery in South Wales until June 1978 when the colliery closed. It worked between the Graig Merthyr Colliery & the exchange sidings on the former GWR main line on the Swansea District line at Graig Merthyr Colliery Sidings. In 1997 the locomotive was purchased privately and based with the Appleby-Frodingham Railway Preservation Society. The locomotive was moved by the society to Scunthorpe where its restoration was started. The locomotive was restored to steam in 2010 & has since worked on various heritage railways on loan.
Built in 1874, ‘Bellerophon’ is one of the oldest steam locomotives in the world. She appeared at the 2011 LWR Easter Gala courtesy of her owners, the Vintage Carriages Trust and her caretakers, the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire. ‘Bellerophon’ has many claims to fame – she is the only surviving loco built by the Haydock Foundry. She was the first successful use of the piston valve on any steam locomotive and she has the highly unusual Gooch valve gear.
When Jinty 47406 visited the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway for the 2011 Easter Gala she became the first steam loco to face south on a scheduled passenger train on the line for 50 years – the last being Britannia 70040 ‘Clive of India’, which pulled the last steam-hauled Cleethorpes – Kings Cross service in November 1962. This was almost certainly be the first time ever a Midland Jinty has visited East Lincolnshire. Based at the Great Central Railway, 47406 was restored by owner Roger Hibbert and returned to service at Loughborough last year.
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway