Andrew Barclay Works No 2343 British Gypsum No4 0-4-0ST

AB 2343 April 2015  Chasewater Railway.jpg

Andrew Barclay 2343 is one of six 10″ Barclay locomotives that are preserved. 2343 is unique in having a boiler that sits higher up than the rest.

It worked all its life at the Kirkby Thore works near Penrith before being purchased for preservation and moved to Steamtown Carnforth. In the early 1970’s Steamtown in Carnforth were looking to obtain some smaller locomotives that were more economical to use than main line machines, to operate their footplate rides.

In 1965 it was named after one of the works managers, a gentleman by the name of Ken Boazman and it carried the nameplates until replaced by a diesel.

The locomotive was used briefly when it first went to Carnforth and after 1972/73 it remained a static exhibit. The locomotive then moved to Chasewater Railway and swapped boilers with Colin MacAndrew.

The locomotive was purchased by the Ribble Steam Railway and moved to their base near Preston in 2017. It will eventually be overhauled and returned to working order.

Andrew Barclay 2343 at Kirby Stephen - June 1965.jpg 2343 at Kirby Stephen – June 1965
AB 2343 April 2015  Chasewater Railway.jpg 2343 at the Chaswater Railway – April 2015

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