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21st April 2019

Steam engine on Ipswich Docks


Hornpipe, an 0-4-0ST locomotive will be travelling from its home in Windsor to the Light Railway Gala being held at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway the next weekend. It will be on Ipswich Docks and Waterfront today (Monday 23rd July).

locomotive Hornpipe at its base on a private railway in Windsor.

And the opportunity is being taken to pose the engine on one of the last bits of disused rail left in the docks before it is pulled up.

Hornpipe is a similar engine to one used at the recently demolished Cranes factory and was bought by its current owner who remembered watching steam engines at the factory in his youth.

MSLR member Lawrie Rose, who organised the event, said: “It is really special to see a steam engine brought back to Ipswich docks for the last time.

“It will show a generation of people a part of Ipswich’s history that has almost disappeared and hopefully bring back memories for those who used to see engines like Hornpipe working around the docks.”

The locomotive will hopefully arrive at the docks to be unloaded outside Dance East’s Jerwood Studios in early afternoon and will hopefully be accompanied by displays from a few Ipswich-based heritage groups.

It will stay for a few hours before completing its journey to the MSLRs Brockford Station, where it can be seen running at the steam gala on 27, 28 and 29 July.

The Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum is Suffolk’s only standard gauge heritage railway and was set up in 1991 on the site of Brockford Station to preserve the memory of the line. It operates steam trains on selected days of the year on a 450 yard line using restored, vintage rolling stock. The museum is a registered charity supported by its commercial arm, the Middy Trading Company and is run by approximately 80 volunteers, most of which are from Suffolk and its neighbouring counties. The MSLRM is funded by grants.

All timings and arrangements for the event are dependent on outside factors and availability and cannot be guaranteed.

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