The Railway Children's Green Dragon locomotive makes final a appearance before repairs (From Keighley News)
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The Railway Children's Green Dragon locomotive makes final a appearance before repairs
10:00am Sunday 27th January 2013 in Keighley
A Victorian steam locomotive that starred in the classic 1970 movie The Railway Children made a farewell appearance on Sunday.
The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway No 957 engine, which famously featured in the film as The Green Dragon, was hauling passengers on the Keighley & Worth Valley line.
The loco will undergo an inspection and overhaul, expected to take two years to complete.
Sunday’s services were affected by the closure of Ingrow Tunnel for part of the day due to the police murder investigation, but The Green Dragon was still able to operate with other trains between Oxenhope and Damems Loop.
Another locomotive – the British Railways Ivatt tank no 41241 – was also making a final pre-overhaul appearance.
“Despite the wintry weather, a lot of people came along and enjoyed themselves,” said Jim Shipley, for the railway.
“We explained to passengers about the tunnel closure and put on extra trains, as well as a bus service between Keighley and Haworth, and everything went fine.”
The Green Dragon, which was built in 1887 in Manchester, shot to stardom after the filming of The Railway Children on the Worth Valley line.