ALN SET­TLES FOR A SAD­DLE

Steam Railway (UK) - - News | Industrial -

Sole sur­viv­ing ex-Lambton Het­ton & Joicey Col­lieries ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0-6-0ST No. 60 has re­turned to the North East, to give the Aln Val­ley Rail­way a sec­ond work­ing steam lo­co­mo­tive. With its dis­tinc­tive cab, fit­ted to pass through tun­nels on the ap­proach to the Lambton staithes in Sun­der­land, the 1948-built Hun­slet (Works No. 3686) is near­ing the end of over­haul at Ian Storey’s Hep­scott works. It has spent its preser­va­tion ca­reer at the Strath­spey Rail­way, but the move to the AVR is due to take place im­mi­nently. It is due to make its pub­lic de­but at the line’s steam gala on May 5-7, mark­ing 50 years since the clo­sure of the Al­nwick branch, and will run at the AVR for an ini­tial six-month pe­riod be­fore be­ing of­fered for hire. It is owned by for­mer Strath­spey Rail­way di­rec­tor Stephen Wood, along with sis­ter lo­co­mo­tive No. 48 (Hun­slet Works No. 2864 of 1943), which is also to move to the AVR. This en­gine re­quires fire­box re­pairs and will ini­tially go on static dis­play. In 1948, No. 60 was the first new lo­co­mo­tive to ar­rive on the LH&JC sys­tem fol­low­ing na­tion­al­i­sa­tion. Fit­ted with a me­chan­i­cal stoker in 1962, it briefly ap­peared at Spring­well Bank Foot en­gine shed on the Bowes Rail­way and at Sher­burn Hill col­liery. With the me­chan­i­cal stoker re­moved, it was trans­ferred to Daw­don Col­liery on the Durham coast in July 1965, stay­ing there un­til preser­va­tion in 1976.

AVR

With its cut-down Lambton cab clearly vis­i­ble, ‘Aus­ter­ity’ No. 60 nears com­ple­tion at Ian Storey’s Hep­scott works in Fe­bru­ary.

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