Special Notice - 2014 Enthusiasts Days Dates Announced
We are pleased to announce that 2014's Enthusiasts Days will be held on Saturdays 29th March, 7th June and 13th September. As in previous years, invitations should be requested in advance by post using the form which can be downloaded here
Please note that, for the safety and comfort of all our visitors, attendance is strictly by pre-requested invitation only and that it is NOT possible to pay on the gate.
Keep up to date
For those interested in keeping in touch with the Railway this website provides an ideal channel. In addition, at the beginning of each year there is the opportunity to become a “Friend”
Membership is now fully subscribed for 2014, but please check back in Autumn 2014 for details of availability for 2015.
Enthusiast Days 2013
The 2013 season is now over - we hope that you have enjoyed visiting Statfold Barn this year.
Off to Porthmadog
In the latest example of cooperation between Statfold and the Ffestiniog Railway, unrestored Quarry Hunslet KING OF THE SCARLETS (HE492 of 1889) is to visit Porthmadog for the second half of 2013 to go on display in Spooner's Bar at Porthmadog Harbour Station, occupyong the space vacated by the Ffestiniog's PRINCESS which is currently on an international tour as part of the celebration of 150 years of operation of steam locomotives on the Ffestiniog. KING OF THE SCARLETS, which spent 47 years in Canada between leaving Dinorwic and arriving at Statfold last year, will give visitors the unsual opportunity to see a loco in ex-quarry condition.
SBR - Snowy but Reliable
That was one visitor's verdict on the 23rd March Enthusiasts' Day. Despite some snow on Friday and a forecast, subsequently fulfilled, of further heavy snow overnight into Saturday morning, we decided to go ahead on a reduced scale. Seven locos were steamed and three separate train sets were run, all in "top and tail" mode. On the new “Big Engine” running line between Statfold Works and Oak Tree Halt JATIBARANG No.9 and SACCHARINE worked three of the new Severn-Lamb coaches while on the Field Railway an alternating two train service was operated. HARROGATE and CSR No. 19 worked one set while the other was double-headed by SYBIL MARY and MARCHLYN with MINAS DE ALLER No.2 on the rear. For many visitors the highlight of the day was being on one or other of the trains as they made parallel departures from Oak Tree, an experience reminiscent to some of the simultaneous departure of Peel and Ramsey line trains once experienced at St. John's on the Isle of Man. Also on display for the first time were the two Baldwin 4-6-0PTs just arrived from India - see the separate story.There are already plenty of photos and video clips of Saturday's happenings out there on the internet and we'll be posting a few here soon too.
Arrivals from India
On Thursday 21st March the latest additions to the Statfold collection arrived - two 4-6-0PTs originally built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA for the British War Department for use on the military railways in France. Works Numbers are 44657 of 1916 and 45190 of 1917. After the war they were part of a batch sold to the North Western Railway of India and subsequently found their way into industrial service at sugar mills, ultimately ending up at Ryam sugar factory in Bihar state.