By now, the entire railway world is aware that the War Office Loco Trust’s Hunslet 4-6-0 was, very sadly, unable to participate in the Hunslet 125 weekend at the Ffestiniog Railway. As is often the case when dealing with vintage machinery, there just weren’t hours in the day to complete the loco.
However, we are confident that the loco will be available to play an active role at Tracks to the Trenches at Apedale, on July 13-15. Barring major mechanical setbacks, the weekend will see the public debut of this iconic loco, and a chance for visitors to see three of the key British military locos of the First World War all in operation together for the first time (probably) since the 1920’s with authentic First World War rolling stock– the Hunslet 4-6-0T LR “303”, the Greensand Museum Trust’s (10-12-D) Baldwin 4-6-0T LR “778” from Leighton Buzzard, and the Apedale resident Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT loco “LR” 104. This is a spectacle that is unlikely to be repeated anywhere for many years!
The photos show the Hunslet nearing completion, and we thank Joey Evans and War Office Loco Trust for them.