No. 828 arrives at Tunbridge Wells

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As the Spa Valley Railway’s 2022 operating season kicks off, Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No 828 arrived in Tunbridge Wells this morning – its most southerly holiday since construction.

Captured on camera by Heritage Railway’s Owen Hayward, the 1899-built locomotive left its Strathspey Railway home. He remains in Tunbridge Wells until October. The Spa Valley Railway has started discussing the prospect of 828 visits in 2019.

It is due to appear at the line’s Scottish Steam Up on April 2-3 alongside Caledonian Railway No 419 – possibly the first time the 828 and 419 have met outside of Scotland being kept?

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Owned by the CR828 Trust, No. 828 was built by the Caledonian Railway in 1899. The locomotive was designed by JF Mcintosh to handle a variety of express passenger and freight stops and is now the flagship of the Strathspey RailwayAviemore.

Based at Bo’ness & Kinnell RailwayNo. 419 was built by the Caledonian Railway at St Rollox Works, Glasgow, in 1907. The locomotive was designed by JF Mcintosh for branch line, fast suburban and banking work and is now the flagship of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society.

Visit the Spa Valley Railway website for more details on this event and more.

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