Monday, 14 September 2009

100 Years old and still going strong - but not in steam!

The 100 year old locomotive Blacolvesley owned by author Dr Bob Tebb made an historic return on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway over this past weekend when visitors and invited guests were treated to demonstration runs by this 'fine old lady' on the occassion of the launch of Bob's wonderful new book.

Built for the Blakesley Miniature Railway in Northamptonshire all those years ago she is believed to be the first and oldest internal combustion engined locomotive in the world. The picture from a postcard in the author's collection shows the locomotive running at the Blakesley hall in the early 1900s. Sadly the Hall and the railway are no more.

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