Steam locomotive to be named at the Stradbally Woodland Railway

No.2
Credit: Kieran Marshall

The Stradbally Woodland Railway has announced that their resident steam locomotive is to be named.

The Stradbally Woodland Railway is the first volunteer-run heritage railway on the island of Ireland.

This Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT has been running under the guise of No.2 since completion and during the working life with the Irish Turf Board.

The locomotive was delivered to Bord na Móna on May 6th, 1949, this date coincides with the 2019 May bank holiday Monday in the Republic of Ireland.

A weekend of birthday celebrations is the be held to mark the occasion, which will be started by the private naming ceremony of the locomotive.

The name was chosen following a vote among the railway’s volunteers.

The ceremony will take on Saturday, May 4th at 1pm at the railway which is situated on the grounds of Stradbally Manor in Stradbally, Co Laois.

Two days of public running will follow on the bank holiday Sunday and Monday, from 12-4pm both days.

No.2’s working life consisted of hauling trains of turf, or peat, on Bord na Móna’s network of 3ft gauge lines on bogs in the Irish midlands at Cushina, Co Laois and Clonsast, Co Offaly.

The locomotive performed her tasks alongside No.1, which is now No. 7 ‘Tom Rolt’ at the Talyllyn Railway, and No.3, which is now out of use at the Giant’s Causeway and Bushmills Railway in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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