Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Fowler H.W. Robinson

(C) Dave Outibridge
H.W.Robinson in industry. (c) Charles Adams This Fowler locomotive was built back in 1946, being works number 4100003, and previously having worked for Croda Hydrocarbons, Rotherham. H.W.Robinson is seen here shortly before being transferred to the Railway. It is a very small locomotive, as the engine is only 80hp, but this small 0-4-0DM has proved useful in the past, and H.W. Robinson is currently the Signal and Telegraph department's locomotive. However, it is in need of a repaint. If you would like to volunteer to do this sort of work, see our volunteering page, and get in touch with the railway to help restore this loco to a smart livery. The picture at the top of the page shows it hauling a few wagons into Embsay Station under the footbridge which was being rebuilt in the late 80s. Just visible in the sidings in the background are the recently arrived Class 14 and the chassis of The Bug.

A 'new' gearbox has been acquired for this loco (see photo), and will be fitted at the same time as the rest of the work is carried out on this loco. This has now started wit all the components stripped back and the gearbox exposed. It is not in as bad a condition as was expected - most of the problems were caused by the complete failure and collapse of a bearing. However, the gearbox will be throughly checked and the best bits form the two used to build up one good gearbox. The bodywork wil be tackled at the same time.

More photos of H.W.Robinson at Embsay

Shunting in the early days. (c) Charles Adams Shunting in the early days. (c) Charles Adams H.W.Robinson was employed as a shunting loco upon arrival at Embsay. Seen here with the majority of the wagons on site at the time, heading out of the (now) carriage sidings past the signalbox.
(c) Charles Adams.
H.W.Robinson's during the Harvest of Steam in 2002. (c) Tom Ireland H.W.Robinson's final turn before failure was the 2002 Harvest of Steam where it acted as station pilot at Embsay. It failed during the event with gearbox issues.
(c) Tom Ireland.
H.W.Robinson's new gearbox. (c) Tim Warner The new gearbox arrived at the railway along with a chunk of the main frames of the donor loco which were removed. The two gearboxes will then have the best parts combined, and any other usable parts placed into store as spares.
(c) Tim Warner.

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