Last chance to travel on steam locomotive Joan

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The narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway at the Midland Railway, Butterley, will see the last steaming of its locomotive Joan for some time on April 1, 2 and 9. The boiler falls ready for overhaul in April and it has been decided that rather than carry this work out immediately the volunteers will concentrate on completing the rebuild of another locomotive.

The new locomotive, an Orenstein and Koppel 0-4-0 well tank, was built in Germany in 1914 and was used in a quarry near Paris until 1967 when it was rescued by a British enthusiast finally arriving at the golden Valley Light Railway in 1995.

It has not steamed in preservation but an extensive rebuild has been taking place over several years.

The intention is now to concentrate on completing this machine before looking at the boiler on Joan. The steaming dates of 1st, 2nd and 9th April will be the last chance for visitors to travel behind Joan for some time and are likely to be the last steam hauled trains on the Golden Valley Light Railway until the Orenstein and Koppel locomotive is brought into service.

Alan Calladine the Midland Railway Trust development officer said: “This will be a great opportunity to travel behind Joan before she takes a back seat. We are looking forward to seeing the historic Orenstein and Koppel locomotive in action and it would be great in the future to see both locomotives in use ion the Golden Valley Light Railway.”