5 June 2019 -
Metropolitan 465 on Vintage Train duties.
Metropolitan Railway 465 will be used on KWVR Vintage Train
Sundays, for 6 successive Sundays from 9 June 2019.
18 January 2019 -
Sir Berkeley to have a new livery.
The Middleton Railway is
pleased to announce that it is working with the Vintage Carriages Trust
to restore Manning Wardle contractor’s locomotive “Sir Berkeley” to its
original “Logan and Hemingway” livery. When back in service in 2020, this
locomotive will be the only working example of a Manning Wardle contractor's
locomotive - the type of locomotive which helped build much of this country's
infrastructure, including such great Victorian enterprises as the Great Central
Railway and the Manchester Ship Canal.
VCT Chairman Trevor England commented, “We are delighted to be working with our
partners at Middleton Railway to restore our historic locomotive to its original
appearance as far as it is possible. The loco will become a great ambassador
for both organisations in its new livery. Visitors seeing this engine at work
will notice the contrast between the very elaborate multi-coloured livery,
showing the pride Logan and Hemingway took in their locomotives, and the
spartan conditions provided for the crew - no cab, just a simple weatherboard
(and sou' westers!).
MRT Chairman Charles Milner said, “ Middleton Railway is also delighted to be
restoring this great example of Leeds-built engineering. On a personal note,
the engine was involved in the construction of Nottingham Victoria station and,
for me, brings back many childhood memories of catching trains from that most
atmospheric of railway stations. We look forward to seeing SIR BERKELEY hauling
trains at Middleton in the not too distant future.”
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