Hudswell Clarke & Co. 0-6-0 Saddle Tank No. 431 of 1895

As this Hudswell Clarke loco is back in the museum half of the heritage centre here is a little more information.

Hudswell Clarke & Co.

0-6-0 Saddle Tank No. 431 of 1895

August 1969

The oldest six-coupled loco from this Leeds builder in existence.

Delivered new to Sheepbridge Iron Works near Chesterfield as their No.15.  The loco worked at Sheepbridge and also at the Company owned collieries at Glapwith and Langwith prior to a move to Desborough Quarry, Northamptonshire in March 1951.

The loco’s regular working life at the iron ore quarry ceased in 1966 with the closure of the quarry.Steam coming frm everywhere – Pic. Bob Duffill

The loco came to Chasewater in 1967 after purchase for £195.

Cosmetic restoration only is likely in the near future as the loco is in an advanced state of corrosion.

3 responses to “Hudswell Clarke & Co. 0-6-0 Saddle Tank No. 431 of 1895

  1. Trevor Cousens

    When the R.P.S. working party arrived at Desborough, it was realised that scrapping of the rail track access that we needed to reach the low loader, So the loco had to be steamed out of the shed and 3 complete long track panels were laid in order to get the loco up to the low loader’s winch. S & L would not have known the situation as the decision to steam was only taken out of desperation on that weekend. Credit should be given to the small working party on what was achieved that weekend.

    • Hi Trevor, thanks for that. Bob Duffill lent me some photos a while back of the loco in steam – here there and everywhere. It was in the heritage centre for a number of years then, along with the Peckett 917 taken outside and sadly left to rust away. I tried to get a pic of it, by the fence, but at the time couldn’t get close enough.. I will try again this weekend. Kind regards, John, CRM

    • Hi Trevor, Thanks for that. Bob Duffill lent me photos of the loco in steam, here, there and everywhere!! It was in the Heritage Centre for a number of years then, along with the Peckett 917, taken outside to rust away. Great shame. Kind regards, John, CRM

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