The Pines Remembered - Ivatt Weekend
17th Sep - 18th Sep 2022
The 8th September 1962 saw the last Pines Express from Manchester to Bournemouth hauled over the Somerset and Dorset Railway. For the past year the railway have been looking at opportunities to mark the event.
We are pleased to announce that thanks to our friends at the Mid-Hants Railway they have agreed for LMS Ivatt Tank 2-6-2T 41312 to visit the railway for a short period in September 2022 to celebrate the 60 year anniversary of "The Last Pines" and the revival of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway at Midsomer Norton.
41312 was built in May 1952 at Crewe locomotive works and spent its entire working career on the Southern region. Whilst not strictly an S and D loco, members of its class were based for a period at Bath Green Park and were seen hauling passenger trains such as the Bath - Binegar local and the Templecombe – Evercreech Junction local. The class were also often used as banking engines to support heavier trains over the steep gradients of the northern extension of the line and could have been seen passing through Midsomer Norton Station regually in the 1950’s.
In it's heyday, the Pines express was hauled across the Mendips by famous combinations of locomotives such as an LMS Class 2P, a B.R Class 5 or a B.R Class 9F. Most notably the final train on the 8th September 1962 was hauled by the last steam locomotive produced from Swindon works 9F “Evening Star”. Sourcing an appropriate available locomotive proved difficult for the Somerset and Dorset Railway at Midsomer Norton and coupled with this is the fact that the facilities required to prepare, coal and water such a locomotive do not currently exist on the railway. The visit the Ivatt Tank is a fitting tribute to the historic locomotives that ran over the line in the 1950’s and 1960’s and we will be recreating the scenes of a Somerset and Dorset local train.
41312 will be hauling passenger trains from Midsomer Norton Station on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th.
The event is expected to be popular and tickets will entitle the holder to one trip behind the LMS Ivatt Tank at an allocated time. In addition one of our resident steam locomotives will be hauling a second train and the ticket includes unlimited rides on this train throughout the day.
LMS Ivatt Tank 2-6-2T hauled services will depart: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00* and 16:30*
Resident Locomotive hauled services will depart: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30
**The final two departures will be a double headed run with the Ivatt Tank and Austin 1.
In addition two photo charter events with 41312 will running on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th, further details will be released soon.