Hetton Colliery  0-6-0 Timothy Hackworth – Bradyll

Bradyll was built by Timothy Hackworth at the Soho Works in Shildon in 1840. It was made to work on the South Hetton Railway, which ran from Haswell to Seaham Docks. It was named after Colonel Thomas Bradyll, who owned the mines and promoted the railway and new port built at Seaham.

Bradyll was obsolete by the 1870s, and in 1875 it was converted into a snowplough. This was done by removing its cylinders and motion, and adding a blade and weights. By the Second World War it had been withdrawn from this duty but was not scrapped as it was on an isolated piece of track.

After the war, Bradyll was placed at the works gates to the Philadelphia Iron Works as a and regularly painted with a tar-based paint, which helped to preserve it. Bradyll has never been restored, and is probably unique in this respect. The locomotive has an Adamson type firebox, and Wilson wheels, as used by Hackworth on the Stockton & Darlington Railway.Bradyll is currently on display at Locomotion, Shildon. It will be conserved, but no restoration will take place to return it to an “as built” appearance.

There are some suggestions that the locomotive is in fact Nelson which was built around 1840 by Thomas Richardson.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Locomotion – National Railway Museum at Shildon On static display National Railway MuseumNRM Object Number{2008-7058}

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