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MID - LINCOLNSHIRE IRONSTONE COMPANY


1) An unusual looking 0-4-0T from Andrew Barclay. Numbered '1', presumably in expectation of further locomotives she had a front tank and no cab. She had outside cylinders (6"x10") and driving wheels of 1'10" diameter. Not a great success; presumably too heavy for the lightly laid track, and unable to work underground. Advertised for sale in 'Contract Journal' of 22nd March, 1916 and then disappears. (Although numbered  ‘1’ it is assumed that no other locomotives were built. Nevertheless E M Sympson, writing in the ‘Cambridge County Geography’ for Lincolnshire (1913?) refers to: with narrow-gauge rails and trucks, on which horse-traction is being superseded by small locomotives.).


2) Accquired August 1934, possibly with the intention of working in Wilsons' Mine, but lasted less than a year, being sent to the new mines at Nettleton Top. [This locomotive later (1961) went to the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway as No.3 'Raven', and in 1974 was sold to W Free, Frampton-on-Severn, where she lay rusting in a barn for a number of years. By 1989 she was in John Quentins collection in Herefordshire, in a dismantled state.  Later the locomotive, regauged to 2’ 0”  and named ‘Bessie’, moved to Mr A Hodgson’s private site in Stoke-on-Trent).


LINCOLN STONE QUARRIES


3) Despatched to Winmalen & Hausmann, Rotterdam, Holland on 2nd March, 1936 (Order number 36/IM-8/ Engine number CS 17511) and originally of 70cm gauge. Returned 28/6/1939 and rebuilt to 2'6" gauge; engine converted to 12 HP. Sold 6/9/1939 to Lincoln Stone Quarries (Order No: 39/52/142). Out of use by July 1944 and sold via Thomas W Ward (plant No.64536) to Bold Venture Lime Co. Ltd, Chatburn, Clitheroe, Lancs in October 1945. s/s by 1969.


SOURCES

Locomotive information is drawn from a variety of sources, commencing with Tonks: IRTM & R&H locomotives, and supplemented by various Ruston 'stockbooks'



NOTES ON THE LOCOMOTIVES AT GREETWELL iRONSTONE MINES

No.1

0-4-0T

OC

AB 1246/1911

6”x 10” ; 1’ 10”

New 5/1911

s/s c1916 (1)

-

4wDM

RH170374/

1934

16HP class


 New

8/1934

(2)

-

4wDM

RH174534/

1936

10HP class


Bought 09/1939

(3)

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