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Gathering a head of steam
FORTY years after it first ran, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has toasted its anniversary with one of the line’s original engines taking to the rails again.
A small tank engine, known as the Lambton tank engine, ran again this weekend at a Gala Steam celebration to mark the NYMR’s landmark birthday.
The engine was built in 1904 and came to the NYMR from the Lambton, South Joicey and Hetton colliery to be one of the heritage line’s first engines.
It ran this weekend alongside the famous Sir Nigel Gresley engine, the fastest steam locomotive since World War Two, and a star of the National Railway Museum’s Great Gathering over the summer.
The railway’s general manager Philip Benham said they were pleased to see crowds of visitors enjoying the special three-day weekend programme.
“We are very happy, and the good weather has obviously helped bring people out,” he said.
The weekend’s star attraction was the Class S160 engine visiting from the USA.
A short hiccup saw the American engine back in the sheds for repairs to its boiler injector, but was back on the rails late on Saturday afternoon.
“These engines are museum pieces, the youngest is 60 years old, so we have to expect occasional problems,” Mr Benham said.
The 40th birthday celebrations continue next weekend with a second gala programme, this time including a visit from the Tornado, the first mainline engine to be constructed in 60 years when it was built five years ago, he added.