Railway Children locomotive to undergo major overhaul

A Victorian steam locomotive which starred in The Railway Children is to make its final appearance before undergoing a major overhaul.

Built in 1887 by Beyer Peacock in Manchester, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway No. 957 is best remembered for its role in the classic 1970 film where it starred as ‘The Green Dragon’.

The locomotive, which also appeared in Born and Bred and the remake of The Hounds of the Baskervilles, was withdrawn from service in 1959 before going to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in 1965.

In 2001, the locomotive returned to service for the first time in 25 years following a £150,000 refurbishment.

The locomotive will be joined on January 20 by Lancashire & Yorkshire locomotive No. 1300.

Also making its last appearance before undergoing an overhaul will be British Railways Ivatt tank No. 41241. Built at Crewe in 1949, this locomotive is famous for hauling the line’s re-opening train back in 1968 and is one of a class which was used extensively on branch lines such as the Worth Valley.

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