A MINIMUM GAUGE LINE THAT MAKES MONEY SERVING IT COMMUNITIES ALONG THE LINE…SOMEDAY, MAYBE, I CAN RIDE IT !
Last Sunday I visited the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway Gala. The ‘star’ of the event was Whillan Beck, a locomotive originally built by Krauss & Co. in Munich, Germany in 1929 and recently restored by the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Preservation Society. It was one of 15 locomotives built by Krauss from a design by Roland Martens for use in ‘Liliputbahn’ – temporary railways in public exhibitions.
Sold to an exhibition in Spain in 1929, it ran until 1932. It was stored in Spain until the early 2000s, when it was partly restored. The R&ER brought the loco at the end of 2015, transferred it to the UK where it was fully restored by Old Hall Engineering of Cumbria. They did a fantastic job!
I arrived for the first train of the day and found Hercules waiting in the platform.
Whillan Beck emerged from the shed and took on…
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