The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Preservation Society (RERPS) welcomed a new member of their fleet this week after running a successful appeal to buy the locomotive and transport it over 1200 miles by road from Seville.
The locomotive in question is works number 8457, a 4-6-2 Pacific built by Krauss of Munich in 1929 for work at the Ibero-American Exposition in Seville. Dormant for more than eighty years, but under restoration at workshops in the town of Mataró near Barcelona, the engine was in need of a new home which brought about the Train from Spain appeal setup by RERPS.
After its arduous journey from Spain, it left the workshop in Workington on Sunday 23 July for its new home at Ravenglass, towed behind a steam traction engine. The team working to restore the train say its in excellent condition, as it has had quite an easy life. The 80 year old boiler didn't even need replacing as the locomotive had hardly been steamed! The team working on the engine had to make a few alterations to ensure the engine could run on the 15" gauge railway.
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a 15 in minimum gauge heritage railway in Cumbria, England. The 7 mile line runs from Ravenglass to Dalegarth Station near Boot in the valley of Eskdale, in the Lake District.
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