Hawthorn Leslie     Works No 2780 Asbestos 0-4-0ST

Hawthorn Leslie 2780 Brownhills West Sept 2011.jpg

This locomotive was built in 1909 for Turner Brothers who gave it the name Asbestos. Turner Brothers were engaged in the production of asbestos sheeting, at their Trafford Road factory in Manchester.

The locomotive was made redundant in the 1960s and the owners donated it to the Chasewater Railway in May 1968.

It was returned to steam and operated for many years on the Chasewater Railway before being taken out of service in 2012 for a ten year boiler inspection and overhaul plus renovation of the running gear and bearings.

The locomotive is currently on static display at the Chasewater Railway whilst funds are sought to cover the cost of the work required to return it to service.

Hawthorn Leslie 2780 at Turners Asbstos, Trafford park Manchester - November 1964.jpg 2780 at Turners Asbstos, Trafford park Manchester – November 1964
Hawthorn Leslie 2780 Brownhills West Sept 2011.jpg 2780 on Chasewater Railway – September 2011
Hawthorn Leslie 2780 Chasewater Railway May 2017.jpg 2780 at the Chasewater Railway – May 2017

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