Avonside No.1972 'Stamford' at Stewart and Lloyds Pilton Quarry on 21 May 1966 (Charlie Verrall)
A rather more typical industrial locomotive than the others in the Bluebell's collection, it was a product of the Avonside Company of Bristol, and built for the Stavely Coal & Iron Co. Ltd. It spent its working life around the ironstone quarries in the Rutland area.
It was purchased by a group of Locomotive Department members at the time when the railway only had eight locomotives, and we were looking for a more powerful addition to the fleet. Discovered to be in worse condition than initially apparent, and with a number of other locomotives arriving in the following years, it has never been used on the Bluebell. At one time, during a national coal shortage, consideration was given to overhauling it and returning it to traffic as an oil-burning locomotive. However, with no forseeable use for it on the current-day Bluebell Railway it has been placed on long-term loan to a museum close to its original industrial working territory, and is to be restored to working order.
Initially stored off site, it moved to the Rutland Railway Museum (now named "Rocks by Rail") itself in 2010.
Right: 'Stamford"' at Pilton in 1966 (T.J. Edgington)
Built: 1927, Avonside, Bristol, Works No.1972
Final industrial Number: Stewarts & Lloyds No.24
Arrived on Bluebell Railway: 24 October 1969
On loan to Rocks by Rail, Cottesmore, since 1998.
Length: 26ft 6in
Weight: 27 Tons
Water capacity: 1,000 Gallons
Coal capacity: 1 Ton
Boiler Pressure: 160 lb/sq.in
Driving Wheels: 3ft 2in
Cylinders: (2, inside) 15" x 20"
Tractive Effort: 16,100 lbs
Engine Brake: steam
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