Train enthusiast making tracks to celebrate railway anniversary

Date: Thursday 17th April 2014

KESWICK Town Council has been asked to support an ambitious project which could see a steamlocomotive being brought to the town to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway (CKPR).

Young train and steam enthusiast Dickon Chaplin-Brice has written to the council about his plan, which would include a low key ceremony being held on the station platform on 2nd January, 2015. This would be followed by a major event during the summer months when the town is busier and the weather better.

In a letter to a town council meeting, Dickon admitted his idea was quite ambitious, but thought it could be feasible with sufficient funding and support.

In his letter he stated: “The simplest option would be to have the loco on an isolated length of track in light steam. This issufficient to blow thewhistle, but not enough to move. The morecomplicated option would be to have a longer length of track and borrow a brake van. Passengers could then be carried.”

However, he pointed out this would require some legalities and costs could escalate. With theco-operation of the Keswick Country House Hotel, which owns theplatform, it could also be possible to have trade stands for groups,societies, preservedrailways and rail user groups.

Dickon also hopes other groups in the town could become involved. A special railway exhibition could be held at Keswick Museum and the Phoebe Wallace colour film of the CKPR could, with the copyright owner’s permission, be shown at the town’s Alhambra Cinema.