Diesel

Ruston class 165 during a repaint in 2012

Ruston class 165 during a repaint in 2012

Ruston and Hornsby 165 0-4-0DM

This diesel mechanical shunter was purchased by the railway in order to help with the safe movement of stock around the site.It was built in 1952, the year the railway closed, but a similar engine was used in the deconstruction of the line.

While at the ‘Middy’ the locomotive has been subject to a series of running repairs and has also been fitted with vacuum brakes to enable it to work passenger trains.

LNER type 17 Wickham trolley in action during the 2012 Light Railway Gala

LNER type 17 Wickham trolley in action during the 2012 Light Railway Gala

Type 17 Wickham railmotor

Our Wickham-built engineers railmotor would have been used to transport platelayers (the men who looked after the tracks) to where they needed to work. It was obviously quicker than walking and meant their employers got more work out of them in a day as they spent less time getting to and from different places on the railway.

Ours has been restored as an LNER example, complete with trailer for carrying extra workers and tools. It cannot carry passengers but can be seen on certain open days giving demonstrations.