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Sir Berkeley

 

Standing in the yard at the National Railway Museum's northern outpost the industrial locomotive Sir Berkeley has a quiet smoke as evening draws on.


The locomotive was originally built by Manning Wardle in 1890 and its last restoration was completed in 2007. It sems to have been a bit of a nomad during the yeasr in service, working over many small industrail railways before being absorbed into the heritage movement in 1964, just in time to save it from being scrapped, and was eventually brought to the Worth Valley Railway where its original weatherboard was refitted, having been discovered at Cranford. Restored to service it took part in the BBC Television production of The Railway Children.


After expiry of its boiler certificate the Vintage Carriages Trust bought the engine and firstly kept it as a static exhibit but in the course of time restoration to working order took place. Since then Sir Berkeley has travelled extensively within this country and abroad, having been in use at British Steel Scunthorpe, the East Anglian Railway Museum, the Dutch National Railway Museum and the Middleton Railway at Leeds, which is its present location.



Sir Berkeley

 

Standing in the yard at the National Railway Museum's northern outpost the industrial locomotive Sir Berkeley has a quiet smoke as evening draws on.


The locomotive was originally built by Manning Wardle in 1890 and its last restoration was completed in 2007. It sems to have been a bit of a nomad during the yeasr in service, working over many small industrail railways before being absorbed into the heritage movement in 1964, just in time to save it from being scrapped, and was eventually brought to the Worth Valley Railway where its original weatherboard was refitted, having been discovered at Cranford. Restored to service it took part in the BBC Television production of The Railway Children.


After expiry of its boiler certificate the Vintage Carriages Trust bought the engine and firstly kept it as a static exhibit but in the course of time restoration to working order took place. Since then Sir Berkeley has travelled extensively within this country and abroad, having been in use at British Steel Scunthorpe, the East Anglian Railway Museum, the Dutch National Railway Museum and the Middleton Railway at Leeds, which is its present location.



comments (6)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Jan 2012, 07:51
This locomotive seems to be a modern day celebrity Les!
Les Auld: Certainly moves around a bit Chris, thanks for the comment.
This little loco was at the GCR in 2010 for the Old Timers gala, indeed I posted a picture of it on SC., good to see it still working. Have a good 2012 Les, hopefully we might meet at Quorn again this year.
Les Auld: I missed that event Brian, I'll be down at the GCR on the Saturday so if you happen by Quorn I am intending to be there for the mail drop, thanks for the comemnt.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Jan 2012, 12:22
Beautiful image!
Happy New Year Les smile
Les Auld: A grand little engine Linda, have a good New Year.
Happy new year Les, nice loco and treatment
Les Auld: Thanks John, have a good New Year.
Really a beautiful example of these old loco's!
Les Auld: It is indeed Elizabeth, thanks for the comment.
Looking forward to your 2012 pix.
... HAPPY NEW YEAR...
Les Auld: And I yours Jaquelyn, thanks for the comment.

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