We are pleased to announce that we will have a presence at the Warley MRC show at the NEC on November 19th & 20th. Gertrude will be on display as the centrepiece of a narrow gauge themed area at this year’s show.

Warley MRC Show 2011

This event will also involve The Oakwood Press who’s Andrew Kennedy has done extensive historical research on the engine, there will be a Stewarts & Lloyds display (owners of Bilston Steelworks where “Gertrude” spend most of her industrial working life) – including a former staff meeting area, and The Welsh Highland Heritage Railway (where the locomotive is currently based).

It will be the first ever chance for this ironstone industry engine to take the limelight in public in the Midlands, near its former home. All of her public appearances thus far since the end of her industrial working life, have been with Exmoor Transport in the south, and also at Porthmadog. Prior to her time with us she was always on industrial sites or at off-limits locations in preservation.

This will be an exciting opportunity for one of the centrepieces of the Warley exhibition to focus on the Midlands’ industrial heritage. You can find out more about this year’s Warley MRC Exhibition on their website. If you are thinking of visiting, please come over and see Gertrude and have a chat with the associated supporting groups. If you know of any former Stewarts & Lloyds staff, please spread the word to them too!