W G Bagnall Works No 2777  WD75254  WD175 No7 0-6-0ST

WB 2777 Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway June 2014

This locomotive is an Austerity type locomotive built for the Second World War effort by W G Bagnall in 1945. 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 numbers WD75254 and WD175. The LNER bought some of these locomotives which became the J94 class.

There is a view that this locomotive may have been built/assembled for Bagnall by Andrew Barclay in Kilmarnock.

This locomotive was acquired by the NCB from the War Department in 1963, and worked thereafter at Comrie Colliery, Fife. It carried the number NCB  Alloa Area No7.

The locomotive was acquired by the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway in 1985.This Engine returned to traffic after a major overhaul fitted with a Lempor type exhaust to allow poor quality coal to be used and in the livery applied when originally supplied to the MOD.

The locomotive is now repainted and in traffic on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway as a BR liveried J94 and carries the number 68007 although it was never owned by BR.

WB 2777 Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway June 2014
2777 at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway – June 2014

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