W G Bagnall Works No 2370 0-6-0F

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This locomotive was built by W G Bagnall in 1929 and delivered new to the Salt End Works of the Distillers Company at Kingston upon Hull.

It was a fireless locomotive which means that it had a steam accumulator rather than a boiler and was charged up with steam from a stationary boiler. It also meant that there was no chance of it starting a fire.

The Salt End site was opened in May 1914 when the North Eastern Railway Company built jetties connected to its railway system one mile away at King George Dock. Herbert Green & Co built a plant at Salt End, near Hull, to produce alcohol from fermentation of molasses with subsequent distillation. In 1925 the plant was acquired by the Distillers Company Limited which had been formed in 1877 by a combination of six Scotch whisky distilleries. The distillery at Salt End was bought by BP in 1967

At some stage the locomotive moved from the distillery at Salt End to the at Procter & Gamble the soap manufacturer at West Thurrock on the River Thames in Essex.

In late 1979 the locomotive moved to the North Norfolk Railway and was put on display at Sheringham station for a number of years.

Around 2004 it moved to a private site at Holt Farm, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire

In September 2008, it moved four miles to Blaby, Leicestershire. Here it was placed on a plinth in a field alongside the Leicester-Birmingham railway line. It was used in a semi-derelict and unmaintained manner, to publicise a campaign to re-open Blaby railway station.

The locomotive is now stored at the Wakes Showground near Blaby, Leicestershire.

2370 at West Thurrock – Unknown date
2370 on the North Norfolk Railway – Circa 1992-93
2370 on the Blaby Wakes site with Barkers Amusements behind – August 2013

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