The East Somerset Railway has announced that steam locomotive GWR Prairie No, 5542 will soon be arriving at Cranmore.
5542 will be staying at the East Somerset Railway until the end of 2020.
The visit of 5542 is thanks to a loan agreement between the East Somerset Railway and the South Devon Railway, and all being well, the locomotive should be in service this weekend.
The locomotive has visited the East Somerset Railway once before, way back in 2003 for one of the galas at the railway, and proved to be a very popular guest.
Unfortunately, resident locomotive 4555 has been pulled from service due to firebox issues and is returning to Tyseley Locomotive Works for repairs to be completed.
It is hoped that the repairs can be completed before the start of the 2021 season.
Are you planning to visit the East Somerset Railway in the next few months? Are you looking forward to seeing 5542? Let us know in the comments below!
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