‘Baux­ite’ cel­e­Brates Birth­day

Steam Railway (UK) - - NEWS | INDUSTRIAL -

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.

MARK PEARCE

in ex-ser­vice con­di­tion, Baux­ite No. 2 was dis­played in the Great hall of the Na­tional rail­way Mu­seum dur­ing late 2018.

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