June 19th-21st: 1870 - Fairlie Eventful
One hundred and fifty years ago, a pioneering engineer was proudly showing his innovative locomotive to eminent figures from Britain's railways and emissaries from many countries - including Russia.
The engineer was Robert Francis Fairlie, the locomotive was 'Little Wonder'.
Trials were held from September 1869 to July 1870 which proved it capable of hauling trains more than twice as heavy as the railway's original small engines, built by George England.
Join us for a special weekend commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Fairlie trials - the successful outcome of which inspired the building of narrow gauge railways in difficult terrain around the world.