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Kirklees Light Railway

Kirklees Light Railway

^ Siān and Fox on shed at Clayton West. Headlights are fitted because of the 511 yard long tunnel on the line. KLR locos have cab lights, but on Siān a torch or mirror had to be used (with the fire door open). The combination of headlight, air pump and cowcatcher give the front end of Siān a very colonial look. (Stan Buck)

\/ Siān at Clayton West. She has still to be prepared with KLR couplings and the headlight. (Owen Ryder)

In May 1998, Siān arrived at the Kirklees Light Railway, near Huddersfield. The line is steeply graded with most of the 4 mile journey at around 1 in 70, with parts as steep as 1 in 40. Siān handled the five coach trains with remarkable ease with plenty of steam and very little clinker. Unfortunately, some of the boiler tubes started to leak shortly before the 7 year boiler certificate expired.

\/ On the 27th of June 1998, Stan Buck and Owen Ryder on the footplate. Also visible in this view is the light switch on the right hand cab side, and two of Ian Screeton's fingers! (Tony Bunting)

\/ The boiler being lifted from the frames. (Owen Ryder)

^ Horror scene! One leaky tube set off several others and the fusible plug. (Owen Ryder)

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