37 7 RH 2607/1948

This is the second of 2 locos that came from the I.C.I. works at Shevington, near Wigan. It is similar to its sister loco, railway No. 36, being ”flameproofed” and fitted with an ”exhaust quencher”, but it did not start  its life as a 2’0” gauge loco. It was, in fact, new as a 2’6” gauge loco on 12/10/48 to Bath & Portland Stone Firms quarries in the Corsham area of Wiltshire. In 1961, this company became part of Kingston Minerals Ltd, and the loco was sold to Ruston’s successors, GEC Traction at the famous Vulcan Works at Newton-Le-Willows in Lancashire.

GECT converted the loco to 2’0” gauge and fitted flameproofing equipment such that a loco could work safely in an explosives factory. The loco was sold to I.C.I. at Shevington later in 1973. The loco joined the MRT fleet in January 1992.


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