‘Bauxite’ celeBrates Birthday
One of the least glamorous and most overlooked locomotives in the National Collection is marking its 145th birthday in 2019.
1874-built Black Hawthorn 0-4-0ST Bauxite No. 2 was a preservation pioneer when it was donated to the North Eastern Society of Engineering Historians in 1947 by the contractors dismantling the International Aluminium Company works on Tyneside, where it was based.
This made it one of the first industrial locomotives to be privately preserved, and it was donated to the National Collection in 1953. Despite having spent 72 years in preservation, it has never been ‘restored’ and is instead conserved, in the condition in which it left industrial service, at the National Railway Museum in York.
in ex-service condition, Bauxite No. 2 was displayed in the Great hall of the National railway Museum during late 2018.