Aveling & Porter Works No 9449   Blue Circle 2-2-0WT

Aveling Porter 9449 at Sheffield Park - August 1965.jpg

This locomotive was built by Aveling & Porter in 1926. The company are better known for building traction engines. This was the last railway locomotive built by Aveling & Porter.

The locomotive was used at the Snodland Works of Holborough Cement Company Ltd who later became part of Blue Circle Cement.

It was presented by Associated Portland Cement to the Bluebell Railway in 1964.

After many years it was restored at the Bluebell Railway but it was not really suitable for operating there. In 1997 it was loaned, and then sold, to a group who had a similar locomotive at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton.

In 2005 it moved to the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway and in 2007 to the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone.

In January 2015 it moved on to the Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway where it was operational.

In mid 2018 the locomotive was put up for sale and was still available for purchase in March 2019.

It is planned to use the locomotive in June 2019 to haul the first train on the restored Leiston Works Railway in Suffolk although it will not be hauling passenger trains.

In the summer of 2020 the locomotive was at the Nene Valley Railway.

In early 2023 the locomotive was sold to Jon Carter, a fitter at the Nene Valley Railway.

Aveling Porter 9449 at Sheffield Park - August 1965.jpg
9449 at Sheffield Park – August 1965
9449 at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre – August 1999
9449 at Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway – August 2010
Aveling & Porter 9449  Shackerstone Battlefield Line  Sept 2012.jpg
9449 Shackerstone Battlefield Line – September 2012
9449 on the Battlefield Railway – April 2014
9449 at Rushden Station Transport Museum – September 2017
9449 on the Nene Valley Railway – April 2022

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