Five Loco Line Up for Steam Gala31st May 2018
The Epping Ongar Railway 2018 Steam Gala line up has been confirmed as
- United States Army Transportation Company S160 Class, 5197
- GWR 813 0-6-0 Saddle Tank
- Hunslet Austerity Lord Phil
- Metropolitan Number 1, and
- Hawthorn Leslie locomotive ‘Isabel’
This is the first time a gala at the Railway has featured 5 locomotives in steam.
The event takes place from 8 to 10 June and an ambitious working timetable has been crafted to demonstrate the capabilities of these locomotives and offer unique opportunities for enthusiasts and generalists. The S160 and Lord Phil will be working a 5 coach rake leaving a 3 coach rake for Met 1 and GWR 813. On Saturday and Sunday there will be brake van rides with Isabel. The intensive workings mean there will be very little when something is not happening.
Tony Goulding, Rolling Stock Manager said,
“The five loco line up has taken a long time to pull together and I am confident that it will match the experience of our previous successful galas. Our volunteer teams have stepped up to the plate and built a fantastic timetable and sufficient crews to run these services over 3 full days.”
The gala will also host the unveiling of the newly painted and lined ‘Isabel’. This locomotive first came out of restoration at the Railway’s Steam Gala in October 2017 and had a temporary but smart jet black paintwork. It has since been repainted in maroon and is receiving a striking black and white lining and panelling. The locomotive will make a special photocall at North Weald during the gala (prior to taking it up rostered duties on brake van rides for the remainder of the gala. This will take place at 10.30 am on Saturday 9 June.
Adam Gorksi, who has completed the lining and panelling said, “I am a professional artist and this job is taking a long time to complete. I knew it was going to be a daunting project and the work has already taken me many hours to complete due to the intricacy of the overlaid panelling and lining. I am sure that it will be a very satisfying accomplishment when and I am looking to the public reaction on 9 June.”
During a two day exhibition of his work, Malcolm Root will be displaying his latest painting of one of the Holden F5 2-4-2Ts in its final years of service with its 2- coach push- pull train at Epping London Transport Station, at Ongar Station in the Penny Salon for the first time.