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Steam engine arrives at Telford for Polar Express

Telford Steam Railway is welcoming a special visitor in time for the Polar Express.

Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 steam engine No. 2138 "Swordfish"
Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 steam engine No. 2138 “Swordfish”

Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 steam engine No. 2138 “Swordfish” has arrived at Telford Steam Railway on loan to provide motive power for this year’s Polar Express trains, due to ongoing repairs to the railway’s GWR 56XX 0-6-2 tank engine No. 5619.

Before the journey to see Santa at the North Pole starts on the 25th of November, “Swordfish” will be fitted with a spotlight and bell, just like the locomotive in the Polar Express film.

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A Telford Steam Railway spokesman said:

“This is the first time that “Swordfish” has visited our line and is something new and exciting for our Polar Express passengers to look forward to seeing and travelling behind this Christmas at Telford Steam Railway.

“Tickets for the Polar Express are still available and can be bought from our website www.telfordsteamrailway.co.uk

“We thank the owner of “Swordfish”, and the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre.”

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