Thursday, 9 August 2012

Borrows Well Tank Shunting Locomotive 'King', 1906

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Shown on an old postcard in my collection, this is 1906 built industrial Steam Locomotive 'King', built at Providence Works in St Helens, Merseyside. It was built to a design by Edward Borrows, and so these type of locomotives are known as 'Borrows'. It is an 0-4-0WT, 'WT' meaning 'Well Tank', which in turn means that the water tanks are in wells between the frames of the locomotive and not visible. This small locomotive spent most of it's working life at United Glass in London. It was the starting Locomotive for the Shackerstone Railway Society, now the Battlefield Line where it is shown on this postcard, and is now on display at the Ribble Steam Railway - http://www.ribblesteam.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71:the-king&catid=36:stock-details&Itemid=65

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