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Manchester Ship Canal Gala


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Heres one for any lovers of industrial locos:

 

Leeds and Manchester, traditional Northern rivals in sporting circles, are coming together on the 18th and 19th of September. Leeds locomotive builders provided most of the locomotives used on the once extensive railways of the Manchester Ship Canal and in its fifitieth year of preservation the Middleton Railway is bringing one of the Manchester locomotives home. The Middleton Railway is pleased to announce its first visiting engine for this gala, MSC No.70. This locomotive is the sister engine to Middleton resident No.67, both being the same "long tank" type of locomotive. This locomotive was saved for preservation and initially based at the East Lancashire Railway. It was then sold and moved to various other railways and can now be found on loan to the Linconshire Wolds Railway. Normally based at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Nos. 67 and 70 are the only two surviving long tanks and this event will see their reuinion for the first time in preservation. Built by Hudswell, Clarke & Co, we will be reuniting them just a stones throw away from the spot on which they were built. Other attractions are planned along with a special talk on Friday 17th Sept by Don Thorpe, author of the book "The Railways of the Manchester Ship Canal". This evening talk will be held in the railways museum and start at 19.30. Places are limited, if you are interested in attending, please use the contact page on the website below.

 

For more information, please visit the event website, at www.msc-gala.moonfruit.com

 

We hope to see you then, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask here or via PM.

 

Andy Hardy

Traffic Manager

Middleton Railway

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Andy this sounds fantastic - not just the collection of locos - but the photos and lecture by Don Thorpe.

 

Any plans for one of the short 'canal tanks? Bury have one don't they? Will there be a Sentinel? MSC DH16 is a long way away on the WSR I guess!

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Well I have just got back from a rather excellent HMRS talk by Don Thorpe on the MSC railway system. Very interesting and some great slides.

 

However, we are pleased to announce our second visitor for our MSC gala. MSC No.32 "Gothenburg" was built in 1903 to the "Canal" class design. These locomotives gained the nickname "short tanks" during their working lives. The addition of this locomotive also means that all the working MSC steam locomtives will be together for this event, another preservation first.

 

The locomotive will also be used on the two days of photocharters along with both other MSC locos. Book a place soon to avoid missing this unique charter.

 

For more details and a photo of the loco, visit the event website at: www.msc-gala.moonfruit.com

 

Many thanks.

 

Andy Hardy

Traffc Manager

Middleton Railway

Leeds

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The Middleton Railway is pleased to announce its second visiting locomotive (subject to final negotiation and confirmation) for its Manchester Ship Canal gala.

 

MSC No.4002 "Arundel Castle" will be visiting from the ELR to join resident locomotive MSC 67 and guest MSC 32. This large Hudswell, Clarke and Co. diesel was built in Leeds for the MSC in 1959 along with its sister loco 4001. These unique machines spent their entire life on the MSC system before 4002 was preserved at the East Lancs Railway. Since preservation it has only worked a small number of passenger trains so this visit will be a rare opportunity to ride behind this locomotive. No.4002 has recently undergone some repair work and has been turned out in original MSC livery, for the first time in preservation. This will be one of the largest locomotives to work over the Middleton Railway during the preservation era and will provide a nice contrast to the other locomotives working over the gala weekend.

 

Unfortunatly, MSC 70 has suffered a mechanical failure and now wont be able to attend our gala. However the prospect of a long tank, short tank and one of the unique Hudswells together is very exciting to the railways members.

 

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For further event details and the latest news please see the galas website at http://www.msc-gala.moonfruit.com

 

Andy Hardy

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I'll be down both days. There are plans to get a few interesting road vehicles into the car park near to the real ale tent from Leeds Brewery. (Watch this space for the sponsored real ale tank wagon 305mm:1' scale.)

 

Some of us are also members of the Leeds & District Traction Engine club and they have promised some road steam vehicles.

 

I'll be down in my blue Mk VI Bentley (slightly later version of the same car that Ivo Peters used) along with dad and his ivory Mk VI (export spec).

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A few taken today before we open to the public just to tempt you.

 

As Father Jack used to say "Drink, feck, girls" - yes we have the real ale tent run by the Leeds Brewery.

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A little bit of close-up detail for modellers

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4002 the big Hudswell-Clarke diesel loco

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32 Gothenburg - Hudswell-Clarke 'short tank'

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