This crane tank locomotive was built by Neilson in 1890 and worked at the Millom Hematite Ore & Iron Co.’s hematite mines. It was employed in moving pit props, sleepers and sections of rail around.
It has been claimed that it acquired the name Snipey as the profile of the crane was said to resemble the beak of the Snipe.
In August 2019 the locomotive was known to be at the Lytham Motive Power Museum, Helical Technology Ltd, Lytham St Annes. This museum is not open to the public.