Built by Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds in 1953, their works number 3783, the loco is a late example of the manufacturers 16 inch inside cylindered, six-coupled saddle tank with the tank not extending over the smokebox. The design pre-dates the rather better known Austerity type from Hunslet.
Darfield No.1, together with a sister, No.2 was supplied new to Darfield Colliery, Wombwell, South Yorkshire. The colliery situated half a mile north west of Wombwell Station on the BR (ex LNER) line.
For the period July 1955 to 1959 No.1 was transferred away to Houghton Main Colliery, Little Houghton. On return to Darfield No.1 worked until sold into preservation in late 1974, initially to a private site in Delph, Lancashire before seeing use on the Yorkshire Dales Railway at Embsay. A move to the Llangollen Railway followed and No.1 sees occasional use there as well as being hired out to other preserved railways, most recently a return to a former home at Embsay. Arrival on hire to Chasewater took place 29-7-2011.
Locally there were three similar locos based at Holly Bank Colliery, Essington before transfer to Littleton, with one of the three later moving on to Granville Colliery near Oakengates, Shropshire.
Darfield No.1 weighs 38 tons in working order.In the engine shed at Chasewater Railway
Nechells No.4 on video around Chasewater Heaths on July 30th. There are also some stills of the loco as well as a couple of stills of Darfield No.1 in the engine shed at Brownhills West.
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RSH 0-6-0t No.7684 “Nechells No.4”
This weekend 30/31st July will see RSH 0-6-0t Nechells No.4 in steam on our service trains
One in/ One out
Darfield at Bolton Abbey on the Embsay Railway
We are pleased to announce a new arrival at Chasewater Railway which will see Hunslet 0-6-0st No.3783 of 1953 “Darfield No.1” coming for an extended stay on loan by kind agreement of it’s owner and will be delivered by road from it’s regular base at the Llangollen Railway very shortly. This locomotive is now planned to be included in the upcoming September Gala line up and will then see regular service alongside the home fleet. Unfortunately though it is goodbye to long term resident Andrew Barclay 0-4-0st Wks.No.1964 which has been sold by it’s owner. The big Barclay under the care of it’s new owner will be moving to a new home when it’s annual boiler exam has been undertaken at Chasewater.
The ‘big’ Barclay – 1964/1929, also known at Chasewater as ‘701’ – goodbye and thank you!