44871 confirmed for Spring Steam Gala

Having been resident on the Railway since early October, LMS Class 5MT 44871 is remaining on the KWVR until Spring and will feature in the Spring Gala 9th – 11th March.

With just over a month to go, we are delighted to confirm that Ian Riley's LMS 'Black 5' 4-6-0 44871 is staying on the Railway until after the Gala and therefore becomes our second visitor to add to the home fleet which will be missing WD 2-8-0 90733 as previously announced.

44871 came to the KWVR on 6th October as part of the restoration agreement with Ian Riley & Sons whereby our own 'Black 5', 45212, would be restored for mainline running in return for an agreed period for it, or one of Ian Riley's own 'Black 5's, to be available for KWVR trains. 45212 has been out on the mainline across England and Scotland, and with a busy schedule, 44871 came in its place and will depart for its own mainline duties in the Spring.

More details of the Gala will be published on the website and on social media in due course.