Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn     Works No 7681    Agecroft No3 0-4-0ST

RSH 7681 at Agecroft Power Station - June 1978.jpg

This locomotive was built by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn in 1951. Originally it was intended to work at Bolton power station but after a couple of years at the on loan to the Chadderton power station it moved to Agecroft in 1954. At Agecroft Colliery it became Agecroft No 3.

In 1957 the power station passed into the ownership of the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB).

The engines became redundant when a conveyor belt was constructed to bring the coal supplies in directly from Agecroft colliery. Its last day of operation at Agecroft was in September 1981.

All three locomotives based at Agecroft have been preserved. They were all built by Roberst Stephenson & Hawthorn – Works Nos 7416, 7493 and 7681.

The locomotive was initially preserved at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester but was disposed of from there in 2000 when it moved to Long Marston in Warwickshire. It later moved to Swindon where it spent many years on static display at the Museum of the Great Western Railway.

The locomotive was later purchased by the Whitwell & Reepham Railway where it is being restored.

By August 2020 the boiler had been tested at the North Norfolk Railway and it was expected that the locomotive would return to steam at the Whitwell & Reepham Railway by the end of the year.

7681 at CEGB Agecroft – May 1966
RSH 7681 at Agecroft Power Station - June 1978.jpg
7681 at Agecroft Power Station – June 1978
Hunslet 3793 on the left and 7681 on the right at Padiham Power Station – October 1989
7681 at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry – October 1990
7681 at the Museum of the Great Western Railway at Swindon – June 2002
7681 at Whitwell & Reepham Station – September 2019

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