Railway’s new visitor

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A new visitor to the Midland Railway – Butterley has taken its place in the museum at Swanwick Junction.

The two foot three inch gauge steam locomotive, from the Talyllyn Railway in Mid Wales is named “Sir Haydn” and was built by Hughes of Loughborough in 1878 for the 2ft 3ins gauge Corris Railway, where it worked until 1948 when that railway closed. In 1951 it was purchased by the embryonic Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society for £25, and it has worked on there ever since.

At the Midland Railway – Butterley “Sir Haydn” has been placed on display in front of a much more modern locomotive from the same works, a class 31 diesel built almost 100 years later. “Sir Haydn” will be on display every day until September.

Alan Calladine said: “ It is great to have this historic locomotive as a representative of the very first Heritage Railway on display in our museum. We hope that all our visitors will be able to have a look at “ Sir Haydn” during its visit.”