Hudswell Clarke    Works No 1700 Wissington 0-6-0ST

Hudswell Clarke 1700 on the Foxfield Railway - July 2015.jpg

This locomotive was built by Hudswell Clarke in 1938 for the British Sugar Corporation (BSC).

It is regarded as a member of the ‘Countess of Warwick class 0-6-0ST of which several were purchased by BSC.

The locomotive worked on small branch lines in the Fens collectively known as the Wissington Light Railway which linked a number of local farms with the Wissington sugar factory. The locomotive worked at the same location for virtually all of its working life, apart from a brief spell in Spalding, Lincolnshire and by the 1970s was the last steam engine remaining in private ownership in East Anglia.

Chris Beckett approached the BSC in 1977 and the following year saw the locomotive donated to the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society (M&GNJRS) and moved to Sheringham for preservation.

When it was withdrawn from service in 1978 it had been the last steam locomotive in industrial service in East Anglia.

After a lengthy restoration project the locomotive returned to steam in July 2012.

The locomotive was on loaned from the M&GN JRS to the Mid Suffolk Railway where was operational.

During 2018 the locomotive will be based at the Colne Valley Railway until June when it will move to Beamish Museum for a three month period.

1700 shunting the BR exchange sidings at British Sugar Corporation Wissington factory in the early-1970s.
1700 on the North Norfolk Railway – March 2015
HC 1700 at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway - April 2015.jpg
1700 at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway – April 2015
Hudswell Clarke 1700 on the Foxfield Railway - July 2015.jpg
1700 on the Foxfield Railway – July 2015

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