23rd May 2017
The 2.00pm train to Etal seen passing
under the girder bridge soon after departing from Heatherslaw station.
The railway is 2 miles long, 15 inch
gauge, and is the most northerly narrow gauge railway in England.
The train now seen returning to
Heatherslaw watched by a young railway enthusiast and his family.
With the permission of the crew I am able
to photograph the loco being detatched from its train and running onto
the turntable. Thanks gentlemen!
On the left is the railways original diesel hydraulic loco, built on
site, "Clive" looking a bit weatherworn.
The 2-6-0 locomotive, completed by Alan
Keefe in 2010 and named "Bunty", is turned.
Ready to run around its train. The driver
is using the "walkie talkie".
With full pressure evident, "Bunty" runs
through the run round loop at Heatherslaw.
Access to the shed, by kind permission of the M.D., finds the original
steam locomotive of the railway, "The Lady Augusta". It was built under
The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in Cumria and is fully serviceable
giving the railway two available steam locomotives.
In another shed, on raised track, is the
railways latest loco, Perkins diesel engined "Blinky". This locomotive
was constructed at Heatherslaw by the railway.
The view from the 3.00pm train to Etal as
it follows the River Till for a large part of the journey, affording
New from my last visit in 2000 is the
The turntable at Etal with the loco being
turned. The castle (English Heritage) can be seen top left and is easily
accessed from the station.
The turntable is secured....
.... and "Bunty" runs around its train.
About to reverse back into Etal station
to pick up the train.
A fine looking locomotive with a good
weatherproof cab for the driver.
Final movement of the day at Heatherslaw
as "Bunty" runs onto shed for disposal.
I would like to thank managing
director Paul Smith and the locomotive crew for their kind permission
to allow me to photograph at the lineside.
- my pics from 2000