The Midland Railway – Butterley will be having a visiting Steam Locomotive to haul its trains throughout 2018.
The locomotive is an 0-6-0 Saddle tank that is normally based at the Great Central Railway.
This locomotive was built in 1943, to a Hunslet Engine Company design, by Hudswell Clarkefor the Ministry of Defence. It then entered service as WD75091. Along with many other of the Austerity locomotives WD 75091 was bought by the National Coal Board. In 1950 it went to Holly Bank Colliery, near Wolverhampton.
The colliery closed in December 1952 and the locomotive then went to Littleton Colliery in Staffordshire in 1959. No.75091 then moved around several collieries before being moved to Bold Colliery near St .Helens in February 1978 where it was named “Robert”. While at Bold Colliery it was prepared for and took part in the Rocket 150 celebrations at Rainhill.
“Robert” was withdrawn and sold for preservation in 1982 and was later preserved at the Crewe Heritage Centre.
It moved to the Great Central Railway (GCR) where it arrived in November 2007. Since then it has been undergoing a full restoration to working order and returned to service in 2017. It has now been given the number 68067 and is restored in British Railways black livery. The J94 class locomotive that carried this British Railways number was WD 71474 that wasscrapped in 1971.
Alan Calladine the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said, “This recently restored locomotive will be a great addition during 2018. This type of locomotive was used in this area not only in many collieries but also on the famous Cromford and High Peak Railway.”