5199 goes up Cauldon

A bit of history was made and a few firsts last weekend, February 26/27.

5199 restarts at Threshing Barn unassisted
5199 restarts at Threshing Barn unassisted. W. Naylor
 
As part of their annual Members Day, and to help launch the Churnet Valley Railway's 4th Share Issue, the CVR operated 3 return trips each day over Moorlands & City Railways recently reopened Cauldon Lowe Line. This saw 5199 along with seven coaches and a 33 at the back, work along the entire 13.5 miles of operational CVR/MCR lines.

5199 from the fireman's side, approaches Ipstone Summit
5199 from the fireman's side, approaches Ipstone Summit at 1063ft above sea level with the summit board viewable ahead. W. Naylor.

Will managed to get a cab ride onboard 5199 herself, whilst Jon had to make do with the second cab of 33021, which was required to bank as at present there is no run-round loop in place (though this will be solved within the next month or so).

5199 rounds the curve into the former Ipstones Station
5199 rounds the curve into the former Ipstones Station climbing up the branch. J. Kerr
 
The weather was not very kind but the sun did come out on the Sunday for the very last trip.

 5199 from the drivers side, climbs towards Ipstones
 5199 from the drivers side, climbs towards Ipstones. W. Naylor

As far as we know:
 
- 5199 is the first ever Great Western Locomotive to go up Cauldon Lowe
 
- 5199 is the first Tank Locomotive to go up Cauldon Lowe since the end of steam in the 1960s

5199 storms round the curve at Bradnop
5199 storms round the curve at Bradnop on the approach to the tunnel and former station. J. Kerr
 
She performed well enough on both days, and Will/Jon witnessed her managing a standing start at Threshing Barn ( on a 1-in-59 ) with all 7 coaches and no assistance from the 33 on Sunday's final trip! Due to her limited water capacity, she was required to fill up at Cheddleton before tackling the gradient and after.

5199 climbing up the gradient about to enter Bradnop tunnel
5199 climbing up the gradient about to enter Bradnop tunnel. J. Kerr.

A big thanks to all the Footplate Crews and staff from CVR and MCR.

5199 waits at Kingsley & Froghall station
5199 waits at Kingsley & Froghall station with the final train of the weekend. J. Kerr.

Since these trips, the CVR have announced further steam running dates up the formidable Cauldon Lowe branch. Expect to see 5199 feature on some of them. Future dates are:
 
Sunday 8 May
Sunday 5 June
Saturday 2 July
Sunday 7 August
Sunday 2nd October

There is more information on these events on the links below.

Will Naylor & Jon Kerr. 28/02/11

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www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk (CVR)
www.mcrailways.co.uk (MCR)
http://unofficial-mcrailway.weebly.com/index.html (Frank Jnr Richards Unofficial MCR)
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