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North Eastern Railway Y7 0-4-0T LNER no.985 (under restoration)

Although designed by the North Eastern Railway, no.985 entered service too late to ever carry an NER number. The class were introduced in 1888 for dock shunting and building continued until 1923 when this locomotive started work. No.985 spent the first 16 years of its life working in Hull docks and then transferred to Tyneside in 1939. From 1942 it worked on The North Sunderland Railway, hence its genuine light railway pedigree. Renumbered 8088 in 1946, in 1948 it was transferred to Stratford Works as the Carriage Works shunter becoming 68088 at nationalisation. Sold in 1952 it worked at the NCB’s Bentinck Colliery until purchased for private preservation in 1964.

No. 985 first appeared at Brockford in 2016 and was an immediate hit, especially with photographers, as being the only main line company locomotive in regular service on the Middy since 1952.

Currently undergoing restoration, but we hope it will back with us during 2024.

Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST w/No. 1219

This engine arrived for our summer season 2024 on 20th March from its normal home at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.

Built in Scotland in 1910 no.1219 and also known as ‘Caledonia Works’, 1219 was delivered new to Stewart & Lloyd Ltd at their Clydesdale Works in Mossend near Motherwell. She was restored on the West Somerset Railway at Williton and was returned to steam in early 2016 before taking up residence at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.

Although her type never ran on the original MSLR, at 114 years old she is very much a contemporary Edwardian machine and suits our period perfectly.

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Cockerill 0-4-0VBWT tram w/No. 2525

This locomotive is a rarity in the UK because it is a Belgian engine. It is different to most conventional British engines in that the boiler is mounted vertically instead of horizontally. The alternative design style means it raises steam a lot quicker than our other engines – less than an hour compared to three or four. As a well tank it carries most of its water under the footplate and frames rather than over the boiler or in a tender. It is being based at the MSLR for the foreseeable future.

The tram was built in 1906 and after its working life was over it was moved to the UK for preservation. Having been restored to working order in its owner’s yard it was run in on the Mid-Norfolk Railway before joining the MSLR’s fleet.

Hudswell, Clarke 0-6-0ST w/No. 1604 (under restoration)

No. 1604 is currently undergoing a major restoration to enable it to steam for the first time in preservation.

The locomotive has been on-site at Brockford for many years but work to restore the locomotive in earnest started with its move into the Works a few years ago and is now continuing in our new Lottery Funded Restoration shed.

Many of the original parts are re-usable and the restoration will be based around an education scheme which will allow members of the public to learn about steam locomotives and the techniques and skills used to restore and maintain them.

It was built in 1928 by Hudswell, Clarke of Leeds, who built the original MSLR engines, and is of a similar design. As such it is a very important part of our collection. It spent its entire life at the Bardney sugar beet factory in Lincolnshire and will be restored as the next locomotive in line as No. 4 in the original MSLR numbering system.

1604’s boiler and firebox is off site for restoration and work is proceeding well and the firebox has already passed its inspection. The boiler assembly is currently at Brockford to check fitting to the chassis before the final boiler inspection. The photo (right) shows chassis, smokebox and cab ready for the boiler’s return.

It is hoped that no.4 will be back in steam in time for 2024 season.