2nd April 2011 (Updated 10/04/11)

Saturday the 2nd of April was a superb day for 5199, and will remain long in the memory for a number of people from CVR.

On shed being prepared for her special run
On shed being prepared for her special run. (W. Naylor)

A specially chartered train from London came to the CVR. With the Stoke mainline connection not in place yet though, this was achieved by stopping the train at Stoke-on-Trent and then transporting over 450 people to Froghall in buses.

Sitting at Kingsley & Froghall station awaiting her passengers
Sitting at Kingsley & Froghall station awaiting her passengers. (W. Naylor)

Once at Froghall, diesel 33021 headed towards Oakamoor with 8x coaches and 5199 in tow. From Oakmoor to Leekbrook, 5199 took the entire train all by herself. We estimated this to be about 400 tons, which makes it the heaviest train 5199 has pulled in preservation!


Video by Frank Richards of 5199 attacking the the 1in 40


More video, this time from Alan Buxton

We then charged up the grueling banks of the Cauldon branch, with assistance from the 33 all the way to Cauldon Lowe. Then it was back to Froghall for the passengers to depart and be returned to Stoke, whilst we returned to Cheddleton for us to do a spot of shunting in preparation for an evening dining service.

5199 is seen attacking the 1in40 start of the Cauldon Branch at Leekbrook
5199 is seen attacking the 1in40 start of the Cauldon Branch at Leekbrook (Frank Junior Richards)

Quite a few firsts were achieved on this day;

  • First charter train to Cauldon Lowe that originated from London.
  • First ever Passenger train to go non stop from Oakamoor (Quarry) to Cauldon Lowe.
  • First steam hauled passenger train at Oakamoor in preservation (usually off limits due to the track being in need of upgrading).

The April Fool bit:

The long lost Cambrian Coast Express turned up on top of the Staffordshire Moorlands!

Driver Chris Meadowcroft stands proudly on 5199’s bufferbeam after arrival at Cauldon Lowe Exchange Sidings
Driver Chris Meadowcroft stands proudly on 5199’s bufferbeam after arrival at Cauldon Lowe Exchange Sidings. (W. Naylor)

The charter had proved so popular, that a second one has already been organised, the details of which are available at UK Railtours.

5199
We have a small number of outstanding tasks that require completing, as we continue to get 5199 into the best possible condition we can following all the work we have had done in the last year.

  • The new water vales has turned up, any one up for fitting it?
  • A couple of springs require some attention, as we have replaced one already. She is due to be weighed within the next fortnight.
  • A suspected gasket has blown on the fireman’s side drain-cock.
  • The Gauge glass test cock is leaking a little.

Otherwise she is steaming like a witch, the best she has been in a long while and she continues to improve all the time.

A big thanks to Greg Wilson and Chris Meadowcroft for a Grand day out

Regards
Will Naylor


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