“2217” spent its working life at the Kilnhurst Tar Works of Yorkshire Tar Distillers near Swinton in Rotherham, a period of some 23 years, before being made redundant about 1970.
This locomotive was despatched to store at Tinsley in Sheffield where they were to remain for some 35 years until being acquired on long term loan by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, who have agreed to restore it. There are a large number of this type of locomotive in preservation, in particular with the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Society, the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Bowes Railway, East Anglian Railway Museum, Buckingham Railway Societyetc.
In the case of “2217”, on arrival it was in a perfectly filthy condition, as the method of keeping it intact was to pour lorry sump oil on it from time to time. Primitive, but effective. It had (possibly) a black or dark green livery, or that may just be tar.
|Class or Type:||0-4-0 ST||Works No:||2217|
|Weight:||23 T||Running No:||Henry Ellison|
|Brake Type:||Steam/Unfitted||Operational Status:||Operational|
|Owner:||S Harrison & Sons||Arrived:||22/10/2005|