60 ”Lord Austin” MR 6035/1937

This is a rare example of the smallest and lightest petrol-engined locos built by Motor Rail. It was supplied new on 7/1/1937 to Midhurst Whites brickworks in West Sussex, at a cost of £240. The loco was built with an unusual configuration of the controls, to allow the driver to face the opposite way to normal. Therefore the gear lever and clutch pedal arrangements had to be changed. It was also built with a low height cab and brake column, presumably to allow working in an area with restricted clearances.

At some time in its life, the original Austin engine of the ”Heavy” type, was replaced by a later version of the ”Light” type, probably obtained from an Austin 7 car. The railway at Midhurst closed in the mid 1980’s, and in 1986 the loco was preserved at the Old Kiln Light Railway at Farnham. On 5/9/1999, the loco joined the MRT collection, and the restoration started at Old Kiln has been completed, with the loco running for the first time in preservation on 30/8/2003.

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