"The Green Dragon", ex-Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway number 957 - Date unknown Anonymous Photographer.
2 April 2002
Railway Children Local is Back
Keighley Yorkshire England United Kingdom - A famous steam loco which starred in the classic Railway Children movie is back on track.
The engine, which achieved fame as "The Green Dragon" in the 1970 film shot in the Worth Valley, is set to return to service after undergoing a £150,000 restoration.
The loco, No. 957, was transported by road on Monday to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway from the Severn Valley, where its refit was carried out.
Volunteers this week were preparing the 115-year-old engine to resume passenger operations.
The locomotive was built by Manchester-based Beyer Peacock & Company for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.
It was withdrawn from service in 1959 and was bought by Tony Cox, who later became secretary of the K&WVR Preservation Society.
The unit was moved to Haworth in March 1965, and following an overhaul, remained in passenger service until 1977.
After many years as a static exhibit, the loco was then purchased by businessman Roger Bowers and transferred to the ownership of a trust.
Financial contributions from many individuals, and one major bequest, funded its latest overhaul.
For K&WVR timetable details contact the railway on 01535 645214.