W G Bagnall   Works No 2655 Byfield 0-6-0ST

WB2655-1942-Loddington-2-Cranford-Ironstone.jpg

This locomotive was built in 1942 by W G Bagnall to help the war effort in ironstone quarries around Northamptonshire.

In 1944 Byfield was transferred to Banbury and was there until 1947 when it was transferred to Kettering where it was renamed Loddington and given the number 2. The locomotive remained in the area for many years until it was sold to Hunt & Co at Hinkley in 1970 which gained it a new livery, blue.

Byfield was rescued from Hinkley by enthusiasts for restoration and use on the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway in the 1980s. It was withdrawn after its boiler expired in 1990. Byfield was then purchased by the Plym Valley Railway and moved to Marsh Mills in 2002.

It is currently having a complete overhaul before it can be used again.

WB2655-1942-Loddington-2-Cranford-Ironstone.jpg  2655 in the quarry at Staveley Minerals Ltd. Cranford Ironstone quarry in the mid-1960s.
Bagnall 2655 on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway -August 1989.jpg 2655 on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway -August 1989
Bagnall 2655 at the Plym Valley Railway - September 2017.jpg  2655 at the Plym Valley Railway – September 2017

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