Lappa Valley Steam Railway received a very exciting delivery on Tuesday 8 August in the shape of our newest and largest steam engine, Ellie. Ellie is a welcome addition to the already impressive rolling stock held at Lappa Valley.
Joining other recent additions City of Derby and Ruby, Ellie will be working on the mainline taking visitors into the leisure park.
Ellie is a 0-4-2 tank engine built in 2006 by the Exmoor Steam Railway. Originally built for a private garden railway in 12.25" gauge, the locomotive was only ever steamed a handful of times. Ellie returned to her builders at Exmoor where she remained for a few years, until the winter of 2016-17 when Ellie was rebuilt and re-gauged to work at Lappa Valley Steam Railway.
Ellie arrived in August 2017. Although very similar to our other resident Exmoor engine 'Ruby', Ellie is considerably more powerful to haul the heavier trains and slightly larger, making Ellie a very comfortable locomotive to drive and be pulled by!
To find out more about our other engines, visit our Meet Our Engines page.