THE Midland Railway – Butterley will be having a visiting steam locomotive over the summer.
The locomotive is on loan from the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group and is an 0-6-0 Tank Engine numbered 69023. The locomotive was built in 1951 at Darlington remarkably to a design dating back to 1898 and was part of the J72 Class of locomotives.
Following withdrawal the locomotive was privately preserved and moved to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway where the owner named it “Joem”.
Following the death of the owner, the locomotive was purchased by the North Eastern Preservation Society in 1983.
No. 69023 has been recently overhauled and has visited several Heritage Railways although based at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
The locomotive will be used over several events during the summer starting with the Midland Railex model railway event on the 13th and 14th August.
Alan Calladine the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said: “ We are very pleased to see 69023 at the Midland Railway – Butterley. This locomotive is bound to be a popular attraction.”