Burnhope Reservoir railway

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Coordinates: 54°44′38″N 2°14′28″W / 54.744°N 2.241°W / 54.744; -2.241

Burnhope Reservoir railway
Locale England
Dates of operation 1930–1937
Successor Abandoned
Track gauge 2 ft (610 mm)
Headquarters Weardale

The Burnhope Reservoir railway was an industrial narrow gauge railway built to serve the construction of Burnhope Reservoir near Weardale. An extensive network of 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge lines connected the North Eastern Railway branch terminus at Weardale with the dam construction site.

Locomotives[edit]

Number Name Builder Type Date Works number Notes
1 Motor Rail 4wPM 1930 5067 Sold 1932
2 Motor Rail 4wPM 1930 5132 Sold 1932
3 Green Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT 1931 1855 Sold to the Corby District Water Company 1937; subsequently scrapped in 1959
4 Red Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT 1931 1991 Sold to the Penrhyn Quarry in 1936, renamed Cegin, later sold to an owner in the USA around 1965.
5 Grey Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT 1931 1994 Sold to the Penrhyn Quarry in 1938, renamed Glyder, later sold to an owner in the USA around 1965. Returned to Britain in 2012, now at the Beamish Museum.
6 Edith Sentinel 4wVB 1927 6902 Purchased from J.C. Oliver of Leeds. Sold to the Cliffe Hill Mineral Railway around 1935. Scrapped 1957.
70 Black Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT 1931 1995 Sold to Corby District Water Company. Sold to the Dinorwic Quarry in 1948; now preserved (as No. 70) at the Hollycombe Steam Collection
72 Midge Kerr Stuart 0-4-0ST 1923 4290 "Wren" class locomotive, ex-Coldwell Reservoir railway in 1932. Sold to South Essex Waterworks Company in 1936. Scrapped around 1940.
73 Gnat Kerr Stuart 0-4-0ST 1923 4291 "Wren" class locomotive, ex-Coldwell Reservoir railway in 1932. Sold to South Essex Waterworks Company in 1936. Scrapped in 1950.
74 Burnhope Kerr Stuart 0-4-2ST 1911 1144 "Tattoo" class locomotive, ex-Farlington Reservoir railway in 1932. Sold to South Essex Waterworks Company in 1936. Scrapped around 1951.
75 Wellhope Kerr Stuart 0-4-2ST 1912 1145 "Tattoo" class locomotive, purchased in 1932. Sold to H.E. Company in 1936. Resold to East African sugar factory in 1940.
76 Ireshope Kerr Stuart 0-4-2ST 1911 1142 "Tattoo" class locomotive, purchased in 1932. Sold to South Essex Waterworks Company in 1936. Scrapped around 1951.
77 Killhope Kerr Stuart 0-4-2ST 1908 1047 "Tattoo" class locomotive, purchased in 1931. Sold to H.E. Coy Company in 1938.
78 Harthope Kerr Stuart 0-4-2ST 1915 1291 "Tattoo" class locomotive, ex-Woolwich Arsenal railway around 1932. Sold to South Essex Waterworks Company in 1936. Scrapped around 1948.
79 Andrew Barclay 0-4-0WT 1918 1453 ex-RAF Calshot railway in 1931. Sold to Walston Limestone Company 1939. Scrapped by 1961.
80 Kerr Stuart 0-4-0ST 1918 4001 "Wren" class locomotive, ex-RAF Armaments School, Uxbridge in 1931. Sold to South Essex Waterworks Company in 1936. Scrapped in 1950.
81 Durham Avonside Engine Company 0-4-0T 1933 2066 Sold to the Penrhyn Quarry in 1936; renamed Ogwen. Later sold to an owner in the USA around 1965. Returned to Britain in 2012, now at the Beamish Museum.
82 Wear Avonside Engine Company 0-4-0T 1933 2067 Sold to the Penrhyn Quarry in 1936; renamed Marchlyn. Later preserved in the USA. Returned to Britain as of May 2011, currently at Statfold Barn near Tamworth.
83 Lanchester Avonside Engine Company 0-4-0T 1933 2071 Sold to the Birtley Brick Company in 1937. Eventually sold to the Dinorwic Quarry; renamed Elidir. Sold to preservation in Canada in 1966. Returned to the UK in 2006 and now at the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway.
84 Auckland Avonside Engine Company 0-4-0T 1933 2072 Sold to the Corby Water District in 1937. Eventually sold to the Dalmia Cement Ltd., New Delhi, India.
85 Sunderland Avonside Engine Company 0-4-0T 1933 2073 Sold to the Corby Water District in 1937. Eventually sold to the Dalmia Cement Ltd., New Delhi, India.
86 Stanhope Kerr Stuart 0-4-2ST 1917 2395 "Tattoo" class locomotive, purchased in 1931. Sold to the Penrhyn Quarry in 1934. Derelict by 1948 and parts sold the Talyllyn Railway. Officially scrapped in 1966, with boiler to Bressingham for Hudswell Clarke 1943 "Bronllywd". "Stanhope's" restoration was completed in 1999, and it ran on the West Lancashire Light Railway until 2010 when it moved to Apedale with the Moseley Railway Trust
87 N.E.L.R. John Fowler 0-6-0T 1926 16991 ex-Nocton Estate Light Railway (NELR) agricultural railway in Lincolnshire (see Nocton and Lincolnshire potato railways) in 1930. Scrapped 1938. This locomotive is incorrectly named as "N.E.L.P." in the book "Dam Builders' Railways from Durham's Dales to the Border".

References[edit]

  • Bowtell, Harold D. (1994). Dam Builder's Railways from Durham's Dales to the Border. Plateway Press. ISBN 1-871980-19-4. 

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