Visitors descended on the Mid Suffolk Light Railway at the weekend to see the oldest locomotive to ever run on its line.
Passengers jumped into cars pulled by Beyer Peacock no. 1827 on Saturdays to celebrate the 1940s Railway Weekend – held to mark the run up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Tourist attraction marketing manager John Reeve explained how the opportunity to house the 0-4-0 tank engine, built in 1879, came by chance after the original engine was booked for the weekend. end was not available.
He said: “It was a bit of a wing and a prayer because we were going to get another locomotive, but we couldn’t get it in the end. We found out there was this one, a Beyer Peacock, returning from an event in Welshpool so we thought why not extend the trip.
Despite its vintage, the locomotive was in great shape as it hauled passenger trains through the Middy.
“What’s extraordinary is that he’s the oldest we’ve ever had but according to the riding team he’s a bit of a racehorse who did extremely well this weekend. -end,” Mr. Reeve added. “We installed it, and it was off.”
Other Jubilee-themed displays were also on display at Mid Suffolk Light Railway’s Brockford and Wetheringsett station, including a Home Guard Civil Defense Re-enactment Group of guns and a selection of military and civilian vehicles of World War II.
The Beyer Peacock will remain at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway throughout June.