My son saw this travelling up the M1 today. It had been sold to a private buyer.
Does anyone know anything about it ?
I believe it has gone to Mr Smith at Carnforth and left the South Devon Railway last week.
Does anyone know what happened to 4979 "Wootton Hall", which was on the loading bank at Appleby for several years?
Steam Railway understands the buyer is David Smith, chairman of the Carnforth-based West Coast Railway Co., and owner of several other present and former main line steam locomotives - although true to character, and as witnessed in several past acquisitions, the gritty Yorkshireman flatly denies he is the purchaser.
"Why would I want another GWR Hall?" he questioned when SR put it to him that Dumbleton Hall had become his second 'Hall' after the runaway earnings of his Harry Potter/'Hogwards Castle' red-liveried film star No. 5972 Olton Hall (now on hire to Warner Bros' studio tour in Watford.
"I've more than enough bl**dy steam engines." he told us on December 23. If anyone wants to make me an offer for one, now that's something I might think about."
He later indicated he was looking for "a small tender engine, something like an LMS 2-6-0" to run at his private Aysgarth station.