Hunslet   Works No 3796    WD196    68011    Errol Lonsdale 0-6-0ST

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See LNER class J94 for details.

This locomotive was built in 1953 for the Ministry of Defence 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.

It was delivered new to the Longmoor Military Railway in March 1953. It moved to Bicesterin June 1955 and then Honeybourne in Worcestershire three months later.

Until it moved to the Kent & East Sussex Railway in June 1970 it was deployed at Bicester, Long Marston and the Longmoor Military Railway. It was name Errol Lonsdale in January 1968.

It gained stardom in the film The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery when it  appeared with and a number of St Trinian’s pupils on the footplate.

The locomotive was purchased for preservation on the Mid Hants Railway where it was named Errol Lonsdale again in March 1978 by Major General Errol Lonsdale, Colonel Commandant of the Royal Corps of Transport from 1969 – 1974.

It moved to the South Devon Railway (SDR) in October 1991 which was in the early days of operation by the South Devon Railway Trust and was soon put into service hauling even the heaviest trains. It was repainted from LMR blue livery and given BR black livery and the number 68011 although it was never owned by BR. The real 68011 was built in 1944 by the Hunslet Engine Company and was scrapped in 1965.

The locomotive was sold by the SDR in 2009 and in 2017 was in northern Belgium at the Stoomcentrum

Hunslet 3796 as WD196 at Logmoor - April 1966.jpg
Hunslet 3796 as WD196 at Logmoor – April 1966
Hunslet Works No 3796 on the Longmoor Military Railway - June 1968.jpg
3796 on the Longmoor Military Railway – June 1968
HE3796-Longmoor - October 1969.jpg
3796 moving off the Coaling Stage at Longmoor Depot – October 1969
3796 at Ropley on the Mid Hants Railway – May 2002
3796 at the South Devon Railway – June 2004

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