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RA Lister Locomotive: 26288

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This diminutive locomotive was built in 1944 by RA Lister and Company at their Dursley Works in Gloucestershire. It is a 2 foot gauge type R “Rail Truck” of which many hundreds were built and about 90 survive in preservation. The Rail Trucks were a variant of a three wheeled road version, the Auto Truck, which was originally conceived for use in factories and as well as agricultural use and for motorised railway station trolleys. Several thousands of the road versions were built between 1926 and 1970, production of the rail version continued until about 1973 when production at the Dursley Works ceased.

It has a 7 brake horse power air cooled engine and was bought, when new, by the Stoke on Trent Sewage Engineer, for use on the internal railway system of Stoke on Trent waterworks at Newstead Sludge Disposal Plant, Blurton, as a petrol engined locomotive. It was converted to diesel in 1971 and in 1976/77 was transferred to Burslem Sewage Works. Rail traffic ceased at Burslem in 1983 and it was sold to Richard Morris, Glodfa Ganol, just before that date in 1981 or 1982 for the Oakley Slate Quarry. This was the site of a proposed museum that didn‟t materialise and therefore all the locomotives from Glodfa Ganol were sold. At some point it came into the hands of Nottingham Museum Service, but by the time the EVRA sought to acquire it in 2005, the Museum Service had lost its history and believed it had been a locomotive at the Stoke Bardolph Waterworks (having confused the Stoke, of Stoke on Trent, with Stoke Bardolph). It is also considered that it has been rebuilt at some time after 1967 as part of the chassis are denoted “British Steel” a name not in use before that date.

This type of engine was very common not only in waterworks, but also in quarries, brickworks and other municipal uses. It is owned by the EVRA.
Builder: Ra Lister & Co, Dursley Built: 1944
Class or Type: Type R Works No: 26288
Weight: 3 T Running No: Lesie the Lister
Brake Type: Screw/Air Operational Status: Operational
Owner: EVRA Arrived: --/06/05
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