Avonside Engine Co Works No 1977 Cadbury No1 0-4-0T

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 This locomotive was built by Avonside Engine Company in 1925 for use on the railways at Cadbury chocolate works.

The Cadbury works railway operated from 1884 until 1976.  At its peak, it incorporated six miles of track.  Tight bends within the factory complex meant that an 0-4-0 configuration was generally used for loco’s and the maximum wheelbase was 7ft 6in.

A bridge carried the railway over the main line and Worcester and Birmingham Canal to the Waterside warehouses.

The company owned up to six private locomotives, initially steam powered and finally replaced by diesel, which marshalled three outbound trains every day except Sundays.

Eventually the cost and shipping advantages of road over rail became clear, and the last train left the sidings in 1976.Cadbury No1 was donated to the Birmingham Railway Museum at Tyseley in 1963.

It is still stored at Tyseley awaiting restoration.

 

Avonside 1977.jpg Cadbury No 1 at Toddington – May 1986
Avonside Cadbury no1 Cadbury No1 at Tyseley-2011

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