A Favorite Blue Tank Engine…

2015 - Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway - Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 1245Ask most people they’re favourite blue tank engine and you can expect one answer, Thomas the Tank engine. But after a visit to the Lakeside and Haverwaithe railway, you may have you swayed if you see Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 1245 in steam.

As can be seen from the photographs, this tank engine is a characterful machine. It’s large tanks and outside cylinders give it a simple, chunky appearance.

2015 - Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway - Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 12451245 was built in Scotland, where it spent it’s career in the iron and coal industries. The locomotive looked in excellent condition and it’s hard to believe it is over a hundred years old.

2015 - Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway - Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 1245

Being a Scottish machine it is rather fitting that it has been restored and painted in Caledonian Blue livery.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway - Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 1245

I have to admit that I was hoping to see a Fairburn tank in steam, but I soon grew quite fond of 1245, especially after watching it work from the observation carriage.

2015 - Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway - converted observation car Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 1245

Rather impressively, after 30 years of neglect, 1245 was restored into working condition in just 19 months. It is now an integral part of the fleet. This centurion is a lovely machine and it was a delight to see it.

2015 - Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway - Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T 1245

To read more about this visit to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, please click here.

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