Between 1925 and 1959 Stewarts & Lloyds Ltd used a 1918-built narrow gauge steam locomotive, Gertrude, to transport red-hot ingots from the melting shop to the rolling mill of Bilston Steelworks. Retired off in 1959, Gertrude has now been fully restored and is regularly used on the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog, but is set to return to the Midlands as one of the key exhibits at the Warley Model Railway Club’s National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC this weekend, 19-20th November 2011.

There will be a photo-call to mark Gertrude’s homecoming to Bilston at noon on Thursday at Springvale Social Club, Millfields Road, Bilston, WV14 0PR. This is the former Stewarts & Lloyds Social club and is one of the last remaining buildings of the Bilston Steelworks. Lord Bilston, Dennis Turner, a former S&L employee, will be on hand to say a few words. Following this she will be making her way on to the NEC in Birmingham.

During the show at Warley, there will be a Stewarts & Lloyds display alongside Gertrude. We will also have a meeting point for former S&L staff, who we would really like to encourage to come along!