Theer were two antique steam engines in steam in the pit yard at the Beamish Open Air Museum during the great North Steam Fair. Together they have more than 130 years in service and have been reunited for the first time in 60 years.
Beamish’s Coffee Pot engine and the Bluebell Railway’s Baxter locomotive last steamed together in 1949, at the Dorking Greystone Lime Company, in Surrey.
The Coffee Pot was built in 1871 by Head Wrightson on Teesside, and was the first engine purchased for the quarry.
The Baxter was bought from Fletcher Jennings in 1877 after production increased. The two workhorses remained steaming side-by-side until Coffee Pot went out of service in 1949.
The Coffee Pot is heading up two wagons from the Bowes Railway whist Captain Baxter is hauling a rake of 1870s chauldron waggons.
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