This W4 type locomotive was built in 1903 by Peckett & Sons as one of a pair supplied to the Ebbw Vale Steelworks owned by Richard Thomas.
Richard Thomas and Co was formed in 1884 and Baldwins several years later in 1902. The two merged in 1945, creating one of the largest companies in the country at the time, with a workforce of more than 25,000 employees. Richard Thomas and Baldwins was nationalised in 1951 under the Iron and Steel Act and became part of the Iron and Steel Corporation of Great Britain. From 1953 onwards the steel industry was de-nationalised and by 1963 Richard Thomas and Baldwins was the only remaining nationalised steel company.
The locomotive carries the name Henry Cort in honour of the English ironmaster who began refining iron from pig iron to wrought or bar iron using innovative production systems during the Industrial Revolution. In 1783-4 he patented the puddling process for refining cast iron.
In 1954 the locomotive was moved by its owners Richard Thomas & Baldwins to their Blisworth ironstone quarry.
It then moved to Irthlingborough Quarry in July 1957. When the quarries closed in September 1965, the owners offered it to the Foxfield Railway.
The locomotive moved to the Foxfield Railway in February 1967 where it became the first locomotive to move on the line under preservation.
It is now on static display in the Museum building awaiting overhaul.
|933 at the Foxfield Railway – September 2004|
|933 on the Foxfield Railway – July 2017|