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A recent visit to the North Bay Railway to see the two former Golden Acre Park engines! Sunday 1st April - A mere 90 miles via the Humber Bridge to the home of my forefathers, Scarborough, to see…
A recent visit to the North Bay Railway to see the two former Golden Acre Park engines! Sunday 1st April - A mere 90 miles via the Humber Bridge to the home of my forefathers, Scarborough, to see Chris Shaw's newly acquired North Bay Railway, which he formally took over this weekend. I found several well-known faces at work:- Dave Humphreys, Dave Bagshaw, Paul Stubbins, etc. In particular I saw the two 'new' locos formerly at Cleethorpes and Woburn, originally built by Hudswell-Clarke for the Golden Acre Park Railway in Leeds. These were built a year later than the two long-term Scarborough engines Neptune and Triton. The beautiful blue Pacific, similar to the NBR locos has been named Poseidon continuing the marine theme, while the lovely red tank loco Robin Hood retains its own name. Unlike on previous occasions, when the railway was under the authoritative control of the council, I was invited into the inner sanctum of the sheds, previously completely hidden by bushes. I remember as a child, riding the trains and the engines would mysteriously disappear and re-appear at the front of the train, facing the opposite way. Sadly the blue Pacific was not running, due to a leaking banjo on an oil-line, but it was drawn out for viewing. Pm I took a ride to Scalby Mills where the locos are turned on a turntable. I recall the previous terminus, when the complete train would run through a tunnel, round a loop to face back to Peasholm Park. I look forward to calling again in August when I take my usual fortnight on the Moors.More...Less...