Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn     Works No 7849   No 47 Moorbarrow 0-6-0ST

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This locomotive was built in 1955 by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn for the Northumberland Area of the National Coal Board (NCB). It was originally used at Backworth Colliery near Whitley Bay where it had a royal blue livery and carried the number 47.

It later moved to Whittle Colliery at Felton where it remained until it was sold for preservation in 1973.

It has been said that the locomotive steamed on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway but doubt has been cast on this as the locomotive’s certificate had probably expired before it was sold by the NCB. By 1981 the locomotive was recorded as being stored out of use.

The locomotive acquired the name Moorbarrow whilst at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Moorbarrow is the fictitous name of Goathland Station in books and plays by Pat Wilson. By 1981 the locomotive was stored out of use.

The locomotive subsequently had quite a nomadic life and having spent time at a number of heritage railways including the East Somerset Railway and the Embsay & Bolton abbey Steam Railway.

In December 2015 the locomotive moved to the Gwili Railway where it operated for some time.

In February 2019 it was reported that the boiler had been removed for its ten year overhaul. The boiler was transported to McEwans in Yorkshire whilst the rest of the work on the ten year overhaul is being undertaken in the workshop of the Gwili Railway.

At some time before September 2022 the locomotive was returned to traffic on the Gwili Railway.

7849 at Backworth – June 1965
RSH 7098 on the left and 7849 on the right at Backworth Colliery shed – 1966
7849 at NCB Backworth Colliery – circa 1967
7849 passing Blackworth’s pit heap -March 1969
7098 near Easrdon heads a set of empty 21-tonners for Fenwick pit towards the BR Blyth & Tyne crossing – April 1971
7849 at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – 1979
7849 at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway – 1986
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7849 at Bolton Abbey station on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway – May 2015
7849 at Llwyfan Cerrig on the Gwili Railway – September 2022

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