BRC BE­COMES IN­DUS­TRIAL HOT SPOT

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A rare and freshly over­hauled Sentinel, plus a newly ar­rived Hawthorn Les­lie, are among six in­dus­tri­als ex­pected to steam at the Buck­ing­hamshire Rail­way Cen­tre gala on May 6/7. With its stream­lined look, 1945-built Sentinel 0-4-0VBT Tot­ten­ham Gas Works No. 11 re­turned to steam in 2017 af­ter 30 years out of ac­tion. Works No. 9366 en­tered preser­va­tion at Quain­ton Road in 1970. It is hoped that the As­so­ci­ated Port­land Ce­ment Hawthorn Les­lie 0-4-0ST Swanscombe No. 4 will also en­ter traf­fic at the event. The 1928-built lo­co­mo­tive ar­rived at the BRC in Jan­uary, and the fin­ish­ing touches are be­ing made to a lengthy over­haul that was pre­vi­ously be­ing car­ried out at Bar­row Hill. In an odd twist of fate, Swanscombe No. 4 will be work­ing along­side a lo­co­mo­tive named af­ter the same Ken­tish town, Bar­clay 0-4-0ST Swanscombe. This 1891-built lo­co­mo­tive was de­liv­ered new to North­fleet Coal and Bal­last Co. in Kent but spent the ma­jor­ity of its life in Es­sex. Fur­ther en­hanc­ing the Kent theme will be Bag­nall 0-4-0ST Frasers and Chalmers En­gi­neer­ing No. V75 (Works No. 2469 of 1932) which spent its ca­reer in Erith. Also ex­pected to be in ac­tion are for­mer Mil­lom Hae­matite Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0ST Works No. 1742 of 1946 ‘Mil­lom’, and 1964-built ex-Cadeby Main Col­liery Hun­slet ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0-6-0ST Na­tional Coal Board No. 66 – the last stan­dard gauge in­dus­trial steam lo­co­mo­tive built for use in Britain.

ADRIAN AYL­WARD

Sentinel 0-4-0VBT Tot­ten­ham Gas Works No. 11 in ac­tion dur­ing Fe­bru­ary at Quain­ton.

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