Going Loco Down In Swanage
8:26am 6th September 2013
A much-loved steam locamotive could cause you to lose track of time as it returns after 50 years to Swanage Railway.
The 1920's engine nick-named the 'U-boat' will be the star attraction at the Railway's Grand Steam Gala and Vintage Transport Rally this weekend (Friday 6th- Sunday 8th September).
The two-cylinder 'U' class steam locomotives which could carry five tons of coal and 4,000 gallons of water, were nick-named 'U-boats' after the First World War because of their go anywhere route availability across the Southern Railway's operating area of the east, south and west of England.
Rides will be available on the 102 ton engine that transported holiday makers and locals around the South during the 1940's and 50's.
Swanage Railway's General Manager, Richard Jones, spoke to Wessex FM about the weekend, "Our Grand Steam Gala and Vintage Transport Rally will be an atmospheric, nostalgic and very enjoyable event with six steam locomotives in action, evening trains and also demonstration freight trains giving a nostalgic taste of yesteryear. It's a great day out for both the family and the enthusiast with the Vintage Transport Rally next to Harman's Cross offering some 500 exhibits - from classic cars and lorries to traction engines and motorcycles."