This locomotive was built in 1945, to a Hunslet Engine Company design, by Hudswell Clarke for the Ministry of Defence. It then entered service as WD71505. It latter carried the number WD118 and name Brussels
See LNER class J94 for details.
Unlike most of these locomotives it spent its entire working life under the ownership of the War Department based on the Longmoor Military Railway in Hampshire.
During the middle of its time with the WD it was converted from coal firing to a Laidlow Drew oil burning system with the coal bunker having been fitted with an oil storage tank. It was also fitted with vacuum brake and Westinghouse air brakes. The locomotive was then used for the training of footplate staff at Longmoor in the techniques of oil firing.
The Ministry of Defence closed the Longmoor facility in 1970 and announced that it was intended that the railway would be closed. Some enthusiasts then planned to use the line as a private tourist railway and this locomotive was bought to operate on it. The scheme fell through and the locomotive was offered to the Worth Valley Society who purchased it and moved it to Haworth in 1971.
It steamed again at Haworth in 1972 when it was found that in did not perform as well as Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn locomotive Fred (Works No 7289 & WD71480) which was built to the same design. Subsequently work was undertaken which significantly improved the locomotives performance.
In 1988 it was taken out of service for its 10 year internal boiler examination.
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