Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Hawthorn & Leslie Saddle Tank Locomotive 'Henry', 1901
Built in 1901 by the Tyneside industrial locomotive maker of Hawthorn & Leslie, this small steam saddle tank locomotive (saddle tank meaning the distinctive type of water tank fitted - sat over the boiler, like a saddle) is an 0-4-0ST, with four coupled driving wheels. It was built for Webster's Brick and Lime Works in Coventry, and was originally named 'Rosabel' after the daughter of the Managing Director, Henry Webster, of the London & North Western Railway, as the locomotive hauled wagons laden with bricks over the LNWR's line between Coventry and Nuneaton. During WW1 it hauled large naval guns being built at the Coventry Ordnance Works, and eventually in 1928 was renamed 'Henry' by it's new owners at British Celanese at Spondon near Derby, named after Dr Henri Dreyfus, the Swiss chemist who was the chairman of British Celanese.
It is seen here in April 2012 at the Barrow Hill Engine Shed near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and is a superb typical example of an Edwardian industrial locomotive employed by private owners at large industrial sites such as brick works as in Rosabel/Henry's case, factories, breweries, coal mines etc etc