The Lavender Line
We are very pleased to announce that the Lavender line has confirmed two very special visiting steam engines for our annual steam and vintage transport gala on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October.
We are welcoming the Bagnall Port of Par twins ‘Alfred’ and ‘Judy’ from Cornwall courtesy of the Bodmin and Wenford railway for the steam and vintage transport gala which takes place in October. These unique looking 0-4-0 saddle tanks have become quite the celebrates due to their ‘cut down’ engine size which enabled them to work the china clay works at the Port of Par. ‘Judy’ was built in 1936 for the China clay Company to move wagons of clay around the docks, she was accompanied by Punch a previous engine until it was scrapped in 1944. ‘Alfred’ was a later engine built in 1953, she joined forces with ‘Judy’ due to the increasing amount of work and shunting necessary in the post war years. The Port of Par twins are also well recognised as being the inspiration for Thomas the tank engines creator Reverend W Awdry ‘Bill and Ben’ who show a huge resemblance to the ‘cut down’ locos.
Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th October the Lavender line’s steam and vintage transport gala will place host to 3 steam engines which will include out very own ‘Austin 1’ who will join forces with ‘Alfred’ and ‘Judy’ in providing one of the most intensive gala timetables the railway has ever seen. With a huge line up visiting vintage vehicles set to take stage over weekend along with the train services its looking like a date not to be missed!