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Movie of 140 at Foxfield as filmed by Pete Burke. Should play in your default player in a new window when clicked on. (472K)
No. 140 is a PLA 0-6-0T, built by Hudswell Clarke (works number 1821) in 1948. It has 16" cylinders outside the frames and before coming to the Railway it worked for NCB Horden Colliery, County Durham, but this picture was taken whilst it was at work at Thrislington Colliery in 1968.
The loco arrived at Embsay in the 1970s in a very rusty condition reflecting a long period out of use. Consequently, restoration of the loco was thorough, with a lot needed doing, including the manufacture of new side tanks. As can be seen from this picture taken inside the shed at Embsay during the process of the overhaul, it was originally going to be restored to lined maroon livery as No. 140, but things changed!
At the time of its restoration, one of the certified 'Thomas' locomotives was withdrawn, meaning that there was a shortage of these little blue locomotives. A decision was made to finish 140 as Thomas until the railway's new Thomas, formerly 'Dorothy', was completed. In the adjacent photo, the process of 'Thomasisation' has commenced - the lower half is blue!
The result of this is that the railway had a very popular and powerful Thomas, which went to a lot of other railways, clocking up a very respectable mileage! With the completion of Thomas, 140 was able to enter traffic properly at Embsay, where she has proved a powerful loco, but not necessarily the smoothest! During one Thomas event, she was able to take the 6-coach train with little hassle. For the 2004 Harvest of Steam she was speedily repainted into a lined black livery, much to the surprise and delight of her owner who knew nothing of this!
A brief jaunt to the Foxfield Railway was organised to take part in their gala in 2005 - photos from which can be found in the Charters section. 140 is came back into the Railway's fleet and was expected to be the main engine for the 2006 season. Unfortunately, the replacement of the smokebox door took far longer than anticipated, but she returned to service for the 2006 Santa Specials. Copies of the original worksplates were also fitted.
140 has also had a brief visit to the East Lancashire Railway as part of their Anniversary celebrations. However she was withdrawn shortly afterwards and now awaits a full 10-yearly overhaul which will focus principally on the boiler
140 on the East Lancs going through its very first tunnel (as far as we know) with a train - not working particularly hard. Filmed by Aaron Boyce.
More photos of 140 at Embsay