Steam locomotive K1 to return to steam?

Garratt K1
Credit: Mike Hart

The Statfold Barn Railway has announced that there is a possibility that Garratt K1 will be returning to steam.

Garratt K1 is now at the Statfold Barn Railway on a ten-year loan with the Ffestiniog Railway.

The current agreement is for a visual restoration and static display in the museum at Statfold.

However, since its arrival, the Statfold Narrow Gauge Museum Trust have had a closer look at the locomotive to assess the work needed to return the locomotive to steam. They have also checked that the engine would fit at the Statfold Barn Railway.

The SNGMT and FR Co are now working together towards a deal where the K1 can run at the Statfold Barn Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway.

So far, the two organisations have come today to map out aspirations. In the new year, this will be made into a formal agreement.

Nothing is official at the time of writing, however, both railways have a passion to return the locomotive to steam.

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  1. As much as Northern Rail is receiving vitriolic criticism for its performance, I do have some sympathy with them regarding the factors outside of their control, which have affected their ability to fulfill their contractual obligations. Whoever takes over the franchise will be constrained by the same issues & I cannot see anyone willing to take on the business under these circumstances. HS2 is looking increasingly expensive as the estimated cost has now, according to some, doubled. I am tempted to suggest this massive budget would be better spent in the North to assist in its regeneration. But, hey, what do I know about it all? Maybe because I don’t see HS2 as my personal vanity project I just might be making more sense than I think I am making? A.Citizen (Anywhere Town)


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