Hunslet   Works No 3180      WD75130   No 3180 Antwerp 0-6-0ST

Hunslet 3180 on North Yorkshire Moors Sept 1984.jpg

See LNER class J94 for details.

This locomotive was built in 1944 by the Hunslet Engine Company for the Ministry of Defence. It then entered service as WD 75130 at the Longmoor Military Railway in August 1944 and then to Southampton before being shipped to France in December 1944.

In was then allocated on hire to Belgium National Railway Company – SNCB (Société nationale des chemins de fer belges) Antwerp Dam in February 1945 for twelve months.

The locomotive returned to Britain in January 1947.

It was then sold to the NCB at Whitwood Colliery at Castleford in Yorkshire in February 1948. It was immediately allocated to Waterloo Main Colliery at Tewmple Newsam in Leeds. Here it acquired the name Antwerp in August 1951.

The Waterloo Main Colliery closed in 1968 and the railway there in November of that year.

The locomotive spent some time at Wheldale Colliery at Castleford although it was classed as a spare for much of the time and was disposed of in December 1979.

It moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in May 1980 where it was fitted with a Kylchap blast pipe, vacuum brakes and steam heating by April 1981.

It has subsequently been used on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway but has not operated there much since 1981 after which it was placed in store. It is considered to be too small for hauling the loads now required on the steeply graded line.

Hunslet 3180 on North Yorkshire Moors Sept 1984.jpg
3180 on North Yorkshire Moors – September 1984

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