Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn     Works No 7097    WD 75061    No 9 0-6-0ST

RSH 7097 at Fenwick Colliery July 1973.jpg

This locomotive was built in 1943, to a Hunslet Engine Company design, by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn for the Ministry of Defence. It then entered service as WD75061.

See LNER class J94 for details.

After the end of the Second World War the locomotive was one of many that were acquired by the National Coal Board (NCB). In 1950 this colliery was employing nearly 3,000 workers.

It was used by the NCB at Eccles Colliery at Backworth in Northumberland which at 1,440 feet deep was the deepest in the Northumberland Coalfield. Here the locomotive ran as No 9. It was one of the last to operate steam locomotives but this locomotive along with the others still operating there were withdrawn from service in 1976.

In preservation the locomotive has been based on the Strathspey Railway. It last ran there until the late 2000s when it was taken out of service following the expiry of the boiler certificate. It is currently stored at Boat of Garten awaiting overhaul.

RSH 7097 at Fenwick Colliery July 1973.jpg
 7097 at Fenwick Colliery – July 1973
RSH 7097 at Backworth Colliery - August 1975.jpg
7097 at Backworth Colliery – August 1975
Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn 7097.jpg
7097 at Boat of Garten on the Strathspey Railway – July 1996

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