NEW – 752 on hire to the Spa Valley Railway in Kent

On hire to the Spa Valley Railway in Kent
752 has ventured outside Lancashire and Yorkshire for the first time ever by making a road journey to the Spa Valley Railway in Royal Tunbridge Wells for a period of hire as 51456, starting with their ‘Winter Steam Up’ on 8th and 9th January 2022.

Above is a photo from Steve Lee leaving Groombridge station on 8th January.
There is a Youtube video in typical Lancashire wet weather leaving Eridge station, shared with Southern Railway trains, click here (opens in new window)

There is a webcam at Groombridge on the Spa Valley Railway where you will be able to view 51456 in action, here is a link (opens in new window)

The loco will be staying there on hire until its return back north sometime in February.
More details can be found on their website here or by contacting the Trust by email to contactus@lyrtrust.org.uk

New Years Day on the East Lancashire Railway
752 was in use on the East Lancashire Railway on New Years Day 2022 double-heading with Andy Booth’s ‘A Class’ 52322.
This was to mark the actual centenary of the merger of the L&YR with the L&NWR in 1922.
There are videos on Youtube covering the event, first a short action shot of the pair in action on the day from SAYFILMPRODUCTIONS, to watch this click here, the second from Sarah Bell showing the pair working through Ramsbottom, to watch this click here.