‘Waleswood’ Hudswell Clarke Works No 750

History of Hudswell Clarke Works No 750 ‘Waleswood’ 0-4-0ST

Waleswood was built in 1906 by Hudswell Clarke of Leeds for Skinner and Holford’s Waleswood Colliery and Coking Plant located between Sheffield and Rotherham.

The four coupled wheel arrangement and short wheelbase design enabled the engine to navigate the tight radius bends and uneven track that was typical of the colliery environments.

Number 750 was purchased to replace an earlier locomotive, a Yorkshire Engine Limited 0-4-0 saddle tank built in 1878 as Works No. 323. It is reported that 323 carried the name “Waleswood” and when it was sold to Thomas W Ward in 1902 the nameplates were removed and subsequently fitted to No. 750

 

Waleswood was returned to Hudswell Clarke for complete overhaul in 1930 and this image from her working life shows “NCB” logos on the cab sides dating this image as post 1946. Note the reduced height “home-made” chimney and the lowered position of the whistle to meet the colliery’s height restrictions. By this point in time the name plates were no longer present which may have occurred when the saddle tank was replaced.

In 1962 Waleswood Colliery closed and HC750 was moved next door to Kiveton Colliery where she worked for a further ten years. Note that the left side cylinder cover is corroded through.

In 1972 she was sold to a scrap metal dealer who painter her green, named her Samantha and placed her in his front garden, which is how she appears in this image from 1975 at Steamport Southport when she was purchased and first entered preservation.

In the early days of Steamport HC750 did much of the heavy lifting giving brake van rides (note the familiar corroded cylinder cover).

HC750 remained a popular engine in Southport and even had a spell operating in disguise but in 1990 her boiler ticket expired and her new owner relocated her to Shackerstone to undertake a full overhaul.

Waleswood was fully dismantled and a thorough overhaul commenced, here the wheel sets are being prepared for turning, however, unforeseen circumstances caused the project to stall and HC750 sat dismantled for 25 years exposed to the elements.

Along the way, HC750 found herself relocated into storage at Statfold Barn from where she was acquired in 2016 since which time she has undergone a complete restoration following which she moved to Chasewater on 1 September 2019, moving under her own steam for the first time in thirty years just a few days later. Since then she has operated at Chasewater with excursions to the Buckinghamshire Railway at Quainton and the Ribble Railway at Preston Docks.

Upcoming Dates for Waleswood

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June

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Green Steam Timetable
Rowsley South (Depart)11:0013:0015:00
Darley Dale (Arrive)11:0613:0615:06
Darley Dale (Depart)11:1513:1515:15
Matlock Platform 2 (Arrive)11:3013:3015:30
Matlock Platform 2 (Depart)11:4013:4015:40
Darley Dale (Arrive)12:1214:1216:12
Darley Dale (Depart)12:2014:2516:15
Rowsley South (Arrive)12:2614:3116:21
Ticket TypeReturn/ Rover (Can be used all day)Single Journey (One way)
Adult£15.00£8.50
Senior Citizen (Age 66 and over)£10.00£8.00
All Children under 16FREEFREE

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