1st Locomotive for YWR!

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The diesel-hydraulic shunter, purchased from a site near Doncaster, has now been delivered to our site!

The locomotive was built in 1979 by GEC Traction, a British company founded in 1972 but which could trace its lineage right back to Robert Stephenson & Co. GEC has since been subsumed into the French Alstom company. Carrying works number 5576, the locomotive was one of only three of this design built for Shotton Steelworks. Its career has seen it operate around the country, including at the Clydesdale Steelworks in Glasgow and on a number of contracts while owned by the Tarmac construction company. Most recently, it was owned by Trackwork Ltd and based at HMP Doncaster where it was used to help train prisoners in engineering.

After much negotiation with both the prison and its vendors, the locomotive finally arrived mid afternoon on 24 April, and although it is in working order, it still undergoing thorough testing.

Originally, there where 3 of the same type of loco built – all of which where for use at the Steelworks. Since then, one has been scrapped, one is now on our line, and the other is still in regular use on the Docklands Light Railway in London called “Kevin Keaney”.

7 Responses

  1. Jan says:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/19562010n02/9563822404/

    Visited the site and took some photos which I can send if you are interested?

  2. James Russell says:

    Dear Jan

    Thanks so much for letting us know about your photos. Could I just take this opportunity to let you know that the Yorkshire Wolds Visitor Centre site is private property, which we are leasing from the landowner, and a construction site, and unauthorised access is strictly prohibited. We don’t want to put off your interest in what we are doing, but I would ask that should you wish to access the site in future that you contact us in advance using the link at the top of this page. We are very happy to see people interested in our work and we will be very happy to accommodate you!

    In the meantime, I would like to say how much I enjoyed looking at your photographs. The scene is of course very familiar to those of us who are involved in the development of the Visitor Centre, but it’s very interesting to see how other people interpret and view the site, and we’re very keen to see a record of progress on site develop into a proper archive of our work. If you would be interested in making your photos available to us for use in our Visitor Centre when it opens to the public next year please contact me directly by email: james @ yorkshirewoldsrailway . org . uk (remove spaces)

    Yours,

    James Russell

    Chair, Yorkshire Wolds Railway

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