Furness Railway Number 20 was undoubtedly the star attraction on its first ever gala visit.
The veteran 0-4-0 wowed the crowds at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway's Spring Enthusiasts Weekend on 13th and 14th May 2000. It was even asked to do a repeat performance the following Sunday!
Number 20 worked a shuttle service on both days between Keighley and Ingrow stations, in amongst regular trains covering the full length of this West Yorkshire heritage railway.
Because of the KWVR's fierce gradients, Furness Railway Number 20 was limited to a two coach train of Metropolitan Railway stock for its Ingrow shuttles.
Every train was packed as visitors hurried to experience the stunning sight and sound of this 1863 locomotive battling with the gradient.
There's no doubt that the engine has won many new friends during its holiday in West Yorkshire. The KWVR's loco crews took well to the engine, and were full of praise for its performance.
Visitors to the line flocked to take photographs of the country's oldest working standard gauge locomotive in action.
There was also a chance to see it in action with the relatively young (20th century!) ex-Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway "Pug" 0-4-0ST No. 51218 that shared shunting duties in Ingrow yard.
There is more information about the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on its Website.
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