Hunslet   Works No 3781     NCB    1 Thomas 0-6-0ST

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This locomotive was built in 1952 for the National Coal Board (NCB) by the Hunslet Engine Company to the design used to supply to the Ministry of Defence and is thus regarded as an Austerity type locomotive.

See LNER class J94 for details.

It was bought by the National Coal Board in 1952 and spent its working life at NCB Maesteg in Glamorgan.

It was bought for use on the Kent & East Sussex Railway where it moved to in 1977. Here it was found to have a steel rather than a copper firebox as most of the other Austerity locomotives had.  It was returned to steam there around 1988. At that time it carried the name Linda as did one other of the locomotives on the line.

The locomotive was sold to the Mid Hants Railway in 1994 where it was converted to a side tank engine to run as Thomas.

It is currently operational on the Mid Hants Railway and still in the guise of Thomas the Tank Engine.

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3781 at NCB Maesteg, Glamorgan – April 1973
3781 at Wittersham Road on the Kent & East Sussex Railway – August 1979
3781 at Tenterden on the Kent & East Sussex Railway – Circa 1988
3781 at Ropley on the Mid Hants Railway – August 2001
Hunslet 3781 Kent & East Sussex Railway Sept 2015 as Thomas.jpg
3781 at Kent & East Sussex Railway – September 2015
3781 in the guise of Thomas at Ropley on the Mid Hants Railway – February 2019


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