In 2004 we hosted a brand new steam locomotive â€˜Dame Annâ€™ for trials.
â€˜Dame Annâ€™ was built by the Stirland family of Exmoor Steam Railway in North Devon for a customer in America. The largest locomotive built to date at Exmoor, she is based on our Hunslet steam locomotives but incorporates a number of differences to bring her in line with modern construction practices â€“ such as using â€˜off the shelfâ€™ ball valves.
She arrived in March 2004 for initial test runs whilst we were closed to the public. â€™Dame Annâ€™ ended up staying for several months whilst the formalities for her export to America were completed, and during this time was steamed once or twice a month and used on passenger trains.
In July 2004 she left for shipping to her new home at Wales West in Alabama, where she remains in operating condition today.