We are very pleased to announce that steam trains will be returning to the WMR this summer.
The steam locomotive ‘Marri’ was a regular sight in Cassiobury Park during the 1990s and early 2000s, until she was withdrawn for an overhaul at the end of 2003. Unfortunately this overhaul took much longer than expected, and Marri has now spent over a decade in pieces. When the railway was sold to new owners in 2017 Marri was not included in the sale, but we have now reached an agreement which will see her return to the park.
Marri was built by Willis Light Engineering of Perth, Australia in 1993. Specially commissioned for the WMR, she was flown over from Australia in the hold of a jumbo jet, and ran for the first time at Watford the same day she landed at Heathrow! Marri has only ever run at Watford, so it is very pleasing to be able to bring her back home.
We will now be working to reassemble Marri and plan to have her in service for the summer. A return date will not be known until the work is nearing completion, but we will publish it as soon as it is known!