I went to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough on the first day of the "Golden Oldies" gala at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. This week I have featured some of the very old locomotives on duty while I was there. I have, at last, been playing about with RAW and all of this series utilises RAW, CS3 and Topaz.
Now to the locomotive I really went down to Loughborough to see, the Beattie Well Tank. As you can see it is quite small and various comments were made among even the menfolk that it is a "cute" little engine.
This 2-4-0 locomotive was part of a large class of engines built by Beyer Peacock and Co.works at Gorton, Manchester. Years later the same works would produce the GCR 04. In all, eighty-five were built for the London and South Western Railway, designed by Joseph Beattie working stopping suburban services out of Waterloo. Number 314 (later to become BR number 30585) was completed in 1814. Later the Well tanks would find service on branch lines and backwaters. Two were sent to a line in Cornwall where very tight curves prevailed. They were finally withdrawn in 1962 when replacement locomotives which could work the branch were found. Both have survived into preservation and 30585 is thought to have covered more than a million miles in service in 80 years. It has been extensively rebuilt from original condition.
I can't find a video of 30585 in action but here is the sister engine 30587 just so you can see one of these delightful engines in action.
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