WD75133  –  Hunslet Works No 3183 King Feisel of Iraq

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This locomotive is part of the Nation Collection

See LNER class J94 for details.

This locomotive was built in 1944 by the Hunslet Engine Company for the Ministry of Defence and entered service at Bicesteras War Department number 75133 in August 1944. Here it acquired the name King Feisal of Iraq in 1946. The name was in honour of pulling the train of the 11 year old king to Bicester Central Ordnance Depot.

King Faisal became king at the age of three following the death of his father in a mysterious car crash. His uncle served as regent until he came of age in 1953. As a teenager Faisal attended Harrow School along with his second cousin The Prince Hussein of Jordan. Feisal was killed in a revolution in 1958 along with a number of other members of the family. During the regime of Saddam Hussein Feisal was reburied in a marble tomb next to his father in the Royal Mausoleum in Bagdad.

The locomotive was renumbered as 138 in 1954 and remained in military service until 1963

During its working life it underwent repairs at the WD Central Ordnance Depot at Donnington in Salopin December 1957, the Central Ammunition Depot at Longtown near Carlisle in 1958, Bramley Central Ammunition Depot in Hampshirein 1959 and Bicester also in 1959.

In February 1963 the locomotive was sold to the National Coal Board (NCB) to work at Woolley Colliery at Darton in Yorkshire as No 8.

It was the last locomotive to be repaired at the Allerton Bywater Workshops in 1975. The repair used part from classmate Bagnall 2753 (WD75165).

The locomotive remained at Wooley Colliery for many years but was sometimes placed in store and remained out of use following a boiler examination in March 1981.

In May 1982 the locomotive was moved to the Hallamshire Railway Preservation Society at Penistone.

In November 1983 it moved on to the South Yorkshire Railway Preservation Society at Chapeltown in Leeds. It then moved with the same organisation to Attercliffe in Sheffield in 1987.

In the summer of 2020 the locomotive was reported to be awaiting restoration at the Flour Mill at Bream in the Forest of Dean.

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National Railway Museum – On loan to The Flour Mill at Bream National Railway MuseumNRM Object Number{2005-7287}
3183 at Shildon – Circa 2006-8

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