Vulcan Foundry     Works No 5309   WD 5319  WD 75319 0-6-0ST

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This locomotive was constructed in 1945, to a Hunslet Engine Company design, at Vulcan Foundry in 1945.. When new, it went straight into store at Longmoor as WD 5319, later WD 75319

See LNER class J94 for details.

After the Second World War it was sold to the National Coal Board (NCB) and became No 72 based at Easington Colliery in County Durham.

The pit which was originally sunk in 1899 but the first coal was not extracted until 1910. In 1951 81 men died in the pit following an explosion underground. The colliery closed in 1993 with the loss of 1,400 jobs.

The locomotive was withdrawn from service with the NCB at South Hetton Colliery and remained there until it was sold to the Colne Valley Railway for preservation in December 1973.

Although it was still at the Colne Valley Railway in 1989 it  appears not to have been in service in preservation until its restoration was completed at Llangollen in 2013.

The privately owned locomotive was then hired to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway but has subsequently operated at other heritage railways.

During 2018 the locomotive is on hire to Peak Rail.

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5309 at Mangapps Farm Railway – April 2015
5309 at Darley Dale on Peak Rail – May 2019
5309 at Peak Rail – August 2019
5309 at Matlock on the Peak Railway – October 2019

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