This locomotive was built in 1943 by the Hunslet Engine Company for the Ministry of Defence. It then entered service as WD 75105.
See LNER class J94 for details.
In 1945 this is one of the locomotives that was sent to France before moving on to the Netherlands.It was one of 27 locomotives that were loaned to Nederlandse Spoorweggen and subsequently sold to them in 1947 to become the NS 8800 class. This locomotive became NS 8815 and is one of three remaining examples of the class which were sold on to NS (Netherlands State Railways), where it worked until the late 1970s in their coal industry.
Two of its classmates are in the Netherlands – the first being HC1737 – NS8811, which has been returned to steam (with a brand new boiler) at Stoom Stichting Nederland (SSN). The other is HE3165 – NS8826, which is in the Zuid Limburgse Stoomtrein Maatschappij (ZLSM) in Holland.
In 1953 NS 8815 was sold to Laura colliery, Eygelshoven (NL) where it became Laura 16. It was renumbered in 1962 as LV 16.
After a boiler examination in 1970 the locomotive was fitted with the boiler from LV 15 (Hudswell C. 1739).
In 1975 it was sold to Shipping Trading & Transport (SSTT) who are based in the Netherlands.
In 1988 it was sold to P.E. Waters Associates Railway Engineers
The locomotive was then cosmetically restored at Steamport at Southport but moved to the Ribble Steam Railway (RSR) in 1999 when Steamport closed.
The locomotive was then returned to steam at the RSR which involved a considerable amount of work including boiler work, cylinder re-bores, new piston rings, a new bunker & plate work. As the locomotive had significantly altered during its service abroad the locomotive was rebuilt using components salvaged from the former NCB site at Walkden, who maintained and repaired the NCB locos allocated to the North West Coalfields. As a result, the locomotive has been given the name Walkden.
The locomotive had running in trials during August 2008 and returned to service at the end of that year.
It has been hired for use on a number of heritage railways.
Currently undergoing running repairs.