The West Lancashire Light Railway had a highly successful two Gala Days last weekend (8th & 9th August), with well loaded trains on both days, being a mixture of enthusiasts and the general public.
The Railway managed to produce some 5 Steam locomotives Operating Trains, interspersed by the occasional diesel hauled freight train, the Star of the weekend was the guest locomotive ‘MAX’ from our friends at Statfold Barn Railway in Tamworth.
‘MAX’ an Orenstein & Koppel built 0-6-0 tender loco, Works no 10750 of 1923, was in superb condition, having recently been restored, and this was the locomotives first public outing away from its home at the Statfold Barn Private Railway.
The West Lancashire Light Railway’s resident locomotives in action were Hunslet ‘Irish Mail’ (823 of 1903), Kerr Stuart ‘Stanhope’ (2395 of 1917), Orenstein & Koppel’s ‘Montalban’ (6641 of 1913) & ‘Utrillas’ (2378 of 1907). Also on display was Kerr Stuart ‘Joffre’ (2405 of 1915) which is in the final stages of a 15 year restoration programme, and which should be in action during next year.
The Train operation varied during the day allowing the photographers various locomotive and stock combinations, and together with good weather everyone concerned enjoyed their day to the ‘MAX’
West Lancashire Light Railway Trust