Andrew Barclay Works No 2258 Tiny 0-4-0ST

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This locomotive was built by Andrew Barclay and was delivered new to the Manchester Corporation Gas Department in 1949 for use at the Bradford Road Gas Works.

The locomotive was built to a standard Barclay design, but was delivered with additional extras.  These included cupro-nickel boiler tubes, large diameter buffer heads, and a cab backplate and brake-handle casing.  These together with other extras increased the price from £3,600 to £4,005.

The locomotive was given the name R Walker at Bradford Road where it worked for the next twenty years. The only noticeable modification being the larger windows fitted to the front of the cab.

The Locomotive was donated to the Bahamas Locomotive Society by the North West Gas Board in 1970, and arrived at the Dinting Railway Centre in June of that year.

It was then renamed Tiny, in recognition of its diminutive size. It was steamed at Dinting occasionally over the next four years until boiler repairs became necessary.

The repairs, and a repaint into a livery typical of the Great Eastern Railway, were not completed until 1981.

The engine had the distinction of being the last engine to operate at Dinting before closure in 1990.

Following its move to the KWVR, the engine was used occasionally until its boiler certificate expired in 1991.

The engine is currently on display at Ingrow where it awaits major firebox repairs before it is able to operate once more.

Andrew Barclay 2258 at the Dinting Railway Centre – 1970
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2258 at Dinting – 1973
2258 at the Dinting Railway Centre – 1985
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2258 at the Dinting Railway Centre – July 1989
2258 at Ingrow West March – 2018

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