Andrew Barclay Works No 945 Annie 0-4-0ST

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This locomotive was built by the Andrew Barclay company in 1904 and was delivered new to S J Claye Ltd at Long Eaton in Derbyshire.

S J Clave manufactured and repair of railway waggons. In 1937 the business was acquired by  Charles Roberts & Co. Ltd who was a rival waggon builder.

By 1944 the locomotive had been bought by Yates & Duxbury Ltd to work at the Yates Duxbury paper mill between the paper mill and the L&Y goods branch at Heap Bridge near Bury. It acquired the name Annie from a Peckett locomotive that was taken out of service at the mill.

By 1970 it is said to have been the last steam locomotive operating in private industry, rather than operated by the National Coal Board.  

The locomotive appears to have spent time in preservation at the Lavender Line but is now based on the Whitwell & Reepham Railway in Norfolk where it moved to in 2009.

The locomotive last steamed in 2012.

A restoration fund has been established at the Whitwell & Reepham Railway to pay for the restoration of the locomotive.

In the summer of 2020 it was reported that the locomotive was undergoing an overhaul.

AB 945 in store at Isfield on the Lavender Line – December 1994
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945 at Whitwell & Reepham Railway – October 2011
945 at Whitwell & Reepham Station – September 2019

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