Hudswell Clarke    Works No 1243 Richmond 0-6-0T

Hudswell Clarke 1243 Aln Valley Railway - August 2017.jpg

This locomotive was built by Hudswell Clarke in 1917 for the Inland Waterways & Docks. It worked at the Richborough Military Port in Kent after which it gained the name Richboro.

It was sold to W Craig & Sons at Ifton Colliery in Shropshire in 1926 and then came under National Coal Board ownership upon nationalisation in January 1947. Here it worked on the two mile branch between the pit and the BR exchange sidings at Western Rhyn on the Shrewsbury to Chester line.

It was transferred to Gresham Colliery in 1970 from where the it was purchased by the Llangollen Railway Society.

After storage at Gresham Colliery it moved to Llangollen where it stood outside the Dapol factory for a number of years. It was sold to Mick Fairnington at Wooler where it was restored before going to the B’oness and Kinneil Railway in Scotland for a short period.

It then moved to the Aln Valley Railway where major boiler on it was completed in 2017. It entered traffic in December 2017.

In the Autumn of 2018 the Aln Valley Railway raised an appeal for £75,000 to purchase the locomotive from Michael Farrington. The £75,000 was to cover that part of the price that had not already been paid.

Hudswell Clarke 1243 Aln Valley Railway - August 2017.jpg 1243 at the Aln Valley Railway – August 2017

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