Vintage steam locomotive “Swanscombe No 6”, which was built in 1935 and worked in a cement works in Kent, has received a rebuilt boiler. The Middleton Railway launched an appeal to help pay for the repairs and thanks to people’s generosity, we were able to send it away for repair a few months ago.
Despite problems found because of Covid-19, repairs have now been completed and the boiler now sits on the locomotive, ready for testing and reassembly. This engine should be ready for service in 2021.
The railway is currently operating on Sundays only until the end of October (except Wednesday 28 October 2020). Trains will run hourly, on the hour from Moor Road station, from 11am to 4pm.
Return fares are £7 adult, £3 children, or £18 family (up to 2 adults and 3 children). As Middleton Railway is governed by the laws affecting all public transport, face masks must be worn on the train, but under 11s are exempt.
In order to maintain social distancing, places on the trains will be limited, so you are advised to book in advance. You can book online here; or by phone on 07931 778 843 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm).
You can full details of all the arrangements on Middleton Railway’s website here.
Photo: boiler being craned into position