Volunteers at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway are looking forward to the visit of two steam locomotives to the railway in the near future.
Moreso, since the stalwart steam locomotive Salmon left the railway at the end of March for pastures anew, after many years of being based at the railway.
The first steam locomotive is Metropolitan 1 (Met 1), part of the National Collection, which was the last locomotive to be built at Neasden Works in London, in 1898, for the Metropolitan Railway.
As the name suggests, Met 1 – right – was a locomotive that operated on the London Underground.
In 2013, the engine took part in the London Underground 150th anniversary events, returning to work some of the special underground trains run as part of this celebration.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway is grateful to Bill Parker, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, and the London Transport Museum for making this visit possible.
The second locomotive headed to the railway, is the Swindon built Collett 0-6-2 tank 5637 – below.
Built in 1925, this locomotive, spent virtually all of its working life in Wales, before being condemned to the scrapyard in 1964.
5637 was restored from a wreck to full working condition in 1998 following a 16 year restoration process at the S&CR. The locomotive went away for running in, and never returned – until now.
Thus, a great many people are looking forward to the arrival of this locomotive, at Blunsdon, which is almost a home-coming.
Swindon and Cricklade Railway is grateful to the 5637 Steam Locomotive Group and the East Somerset Railway for their assistance in allowing 5637 to visit the SCR.
Met 1 will be hauling the Easter Egg-Spress on all four days of Easter (Friday 18 – Monday 21 April), when the Easter Bunny will be roaming the train, meeting families, and giving (proper) chocolate Easter eggs to children.
The locomotive will also be working the following weekend (Saturday/Sunday 26/27 April), along with 5637, to provide a two train steam gala.
5637 will also be working on the following two Saturdays/Sundays, 4/5 and 10/11 May.
For more details, please telephone 01793 771615, or visit the website: www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org