Further to the blog two below, diminutive 4 wheel Ruston diesel mechanical no. 110 arrived at Whitrope today (Tuesday 14/6) on loan from our friends at the Rutland Railway Museum. Once fired up, it was moved a short distance under its own power and coupled up to the Fowler, thus becoming the first locomotive to work on the Waverley Route proper since the demolition trains in the early seventies.
The intention is to shunt the Fowler up to the coaches at the weekend, then to use the Ruston to start bedding- in our newly ballasted track, as well as commencing the process of training up our volunteers in operating duties. It’ll be running up and down between the platform and the Golden Bridge on the open weekend: please do come along to see the fantastic progress we continue to make in rebuilding a section of this much missed route.