The other loco on duty (In Steam??)the day of our visit to the Derwent Valley Light Railway was this ‘Cuckoo in the Nest’ 650 Horsepower Swindon Built Diesel Hydraulic ex British Railways.
By contrast, this locomotive is a native of the Derwent Valley Railway as it was used for many years as a shunting locomotive at the Grain driers at Dunnington. Once the company closed, the loco was driven to the site of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and donated to the museum, so the loco has never left the line. It was built by John Fowler’s in Leeds in 1947 just across the city from where I was just starting my engineering apprenticeship.
I would dearly have loved to hear this running as it has a Foden Two stroke engine that I remember as having a most glorious exhaust note. An ex Royal Dockyards Planet Diesel mechanical. More HERE