Salmon heads down the Dee to Rutland event

editorial image
  • Train transported to Rutland for Spring Gala
  • Working days spent at Harlaxton and Woolsthorpe ironstone quarries
  • Special trips for Mothering Sunday, March 15

Steam locomotive Salmon, which is kept at Milton of Crathes, has headed back to its roots on a one-month loan to Rutland Railway Museum.

Manufactured in Kilmarnock by local engine builders Andrew Barclay and Sons in 1942, the engine, number 2139, spent its working life with Stewarts & Lloyds, based at both Harlaxton and Woolsthorpe ironstone quarries.

It was named Salmon in memory of HMS Salmon, an S - Class submarine that was lost with all hands in July 1940.

Initially preserved at the North Yorkshire Railway, then at the Rutland Railway Museum, in 2000 the locomotive moved to the Swindon and Cricklade Railway where it was restored again to operational condition.

Salmon is now installed at the Royal Deeside Railway, where it is used to haul steam passenger services over the rebuilt railway.

Salmon left Deeside last month to travel to Rutland Railway Museum, where it will feature in the Stanton Ironworks Spring Gala.

The gala will see Salmon working typical iron ore trains once more, as well as being reunited with its original shed.

Also present at Rutland will be Graham, an ex-Ilkeston diesel locomotive currently nearing the end of its restoration.

The museum’s two resident Andrew Barclay locos will also be in steam alongside Salmon.

It will also have an overhaul and be returned on low loader to Deeside in time for the Easter steam services on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Sunday.

Why not treat that special lady to something a little more, or treat the whole family to an experience with a difference.

Deeside Railway will host a Mothering Sunday event on Sunday, March 15.

A spokesperson for the railway said: “What better way to spend some time with your family than admiring the scenery of Royal Deeside from the comfort of a heated railway carriage.

“This year, the Royal Deeside Railway are offering more than just train rides. Why not treat that special lady to something a little more, or treat the whole family to an experience with a difference.”

On Mother’s Day a special diesel-hauled train service is operating, and a revised timetable has been implemented with trains running at 11am, 12:15pm, 13:30 and 14:45.

On the 11 and 12:15 trains, the Royal Deeside Railway are offering a light lunch of soup, sandwiches and cakes. On the 13:30 and 14:45 trains, the railway is providing an afternoon tea of sandwiches, cakes and scones.