Last Wednesday dawned grey and wet and as I set out for a day long photo-charter on the Foxfield Railway I was hoping the weather would improve. Fortunately there were a few patches of sun during the day so all was not lost.
The Dubs Crane Tank Locomotive is unique in being the only surving operation crane locomotive in the UK (or so I believe). Built by built by Dubs and Co of Glasgow in 1901 and delivered to the Shelton Iron & Steel Works in Stoke-on-Trent. It remained at Shelton Bar throughout its life and was used on various lifting jobs and rerailing locomotives or wagons that had come off the track. Purchased for preservation in April 1970 by two members of the East Somerset Railway, "Dubsy" was not moved to Somerset until 2 September 1973. The oil burning equipment was removed in 1977 and "Dubsy" returned to service as a coal burner, giving almost nine years of continuous service at Cranmore on shed pilot duties and a lot of lifting work. Withdrawn from service for overhaul in 1986, this was never carried out and eventually it was sold to the Foxfiled Railway. After a rebuild it returned to service in 2010.
She is seen here leaving Foxfield Colliery and heading up Foxfield bank catching the glint during one of the few periods of sun.
the day was also an opportunity for me to try out the video capabilities of my new Canon toy and the result is presented below. As you can see I have a lot to learn. Hand held in a wet field on Foxfield Bank.
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