See LNER class J94 for details.
This locomotive is an Austerity type locomotive built for the Second World War effort by W G Bagnall in 1944. Bagnall built the locomotive as a sub-contractor to Hunslet Engine Co Ltd. Bagnall built 52 of the 377 that were built for the War Department between 1943 and 1947. This locomotive carried the number WD75161. The LNER bought some of these locomotives which became the J94 class.
The locomotive was delivered new to the Central Ordnance Depot at Donnington in Shropshire in August 1944. In November of that year it moved on to the Command Ordnance Supply Depot at West Hallam in Derbyshire.
Like many other locomotives of this class it was next employed in the coal mining industry when it was employed by the Ministry of Fuel and Power at West Hallam opencast mine at Ilkeston in Derbyshire in April 1946. It remained at Hallam until around July 1961 when it moved to Backworth in Northumberland where it became No 6. It was employed there until it was taken out of use around February 1976.
In May 1977 the locomotive was sold to W Maxwell for preservation and moved to the Tyne & Wear Industrial Monuments Trust on the Bowes Railway.
In August 1979 the locomotive moved north to the Brechin Railway Preservation Society. It steamed at Brechin in 1988.
It is based on the Caledonian Railway where it is awaiting an overhaul.