Earth Day 2019 is the perfect day to formally launch our wood burning loco, Green Dragon, into service. Originally built by the Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds this 0-4-2 side tank loco was supplied to Natal in South Africa where it hauled sugar cane from the fields to the mill for processing. Loco U.V.E No 1 Hunslet 1859 0f 1937 came back to the UK in 1997 and was bought by the South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society and moved to Alston in 1998. Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund the loco was restored by North Bay Engineeering, Statfold Barn and the engineering team here at South Tynedale Railway. Renamed Green Dragon she runs on wood waste briquettes and is more environmentally friendly than traditional coal fired steam engines.
Vice-Chairman Alan Farrer is delighted to be cutting the ribbon at 10:20 and Green Dragon will depart for Slaggyford at 10:30.
Newcastle and Carlisle the battery electric locos which once carried out work on the Waterloo and City line in central London will also be out and about on Earth Day. Newcastle will be making the 5 mile journey to Slaggyford and Carlisle will take pride of place on platform 1 where visitors will be able to see her up close, climb into the cab and enjoy the view down the line.
With crafts in the Discovery Centre at 11:30 and 12:45 ( please pre-book) a free to enter Easter trail with chocolatey prizes and a decorated egg competition which entitles children aged 1 -15 to free travel when accompanied by a fare paying adult, there’s lots to get involved in. And don’t forget to visit the viewing gallery above our engineering gallery to find out about progress on Naklo, the steam loco we are currently restoring with thanks to funding from Power to Change.
It’s the perfect day out for Bank Holiday Monday!