LWR Rolling Stock & Locomotives
The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has a comprehensive range of both steam and diesel locomotives in its home fleet. A large number of guest steam locos from heritage railways across the country have also visited Ludborough for special events.
G. Bagnall 0-6-0 Diesel Mechanical Shunter DL2 (Works No. 3151) was built at the company’s Stafford works in 1962. She arrived at Ludborough in Spring 2015 from the Appleby-Frodingham Railway Preservation Society based at Scunthorpe Steelworks.
RSH 7597 ‘Zebedee’
Built by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1949, 0-6-0 Tank Loco No. 7597 arrived at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway in 2014 after spending a number of years at Peak Rail, Matlock. She gained the name ‘Zebedee’ because of the effect of the coil-spring suspension! 7597 has now been moved into the engine shed at Ludborough where she is being restored before to returning to traffic. The bottom end is now pretty much finished. New side rods bearings have been machined and the side rods fitted. The con rods have also been fitted and the bump stops set on the pistons. More painting has been done to the front running boards and the cylinder cladding is up to undercoat. Work has started on building the new tanks. All the steel has been cut and assembly has begun with the driver’s side tank. The hope is to get the tanks finished before the end of 2018 so work can start on the boiler
Fulstow No 2
This is a Peckett 0-4-0 [makers number 1749] built in 1928. She spent her working life at Cawdor Quarry, Matlock until withdrawal in 1970. She was restored by Peter Clark in the village of Fulstow in 1988 and was then sold to Great Northern Locomotives Ltd in 1997. ‘Fulstow’ has just had a ten-year overhaul and she re-entered traffic on 21st November 2010.
British Rail Class 08 Shunter D3167
British Rail Class 08 Shunter D3167 is owned by Lincoln City Council and spent most of its working life at Lincoln Central Station. For several years after withdrawal it stood on a plinth just outside Lincoln Station. Since coming to Ludborough it is now operational and regularly used for shunting stock and some passenger operations.
Ruston & Hornsby Shunters
Two were given to the Society by Conoco. A second shunter was also given at the same time but it was necessary to use spares from one to make the main one operational. These locomotives are now not in working order and sit in a siding awaiting repair.
This is a Peckett 0-4-0ST (makers number 1351) built in 1914. It spent much of its working life at Woolwich Arsenal and later at Wallsend Slipway, Northumberland. ‘Lion’ came to us in early 1998 after service at the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire. She performed all our passenger duties until being taken out of traffic for a major overhaul. The frames have seen many more hours of paint and prep work and have now been glossed in Peckett’s ‘Indian Red’. New running boards have been fitted; the axle boxes are being worked on by a contractor and will be back for the end of November to allow for re-wheeling of the loco before the end of 2018.
Built for the BR Western Region Permanent Way fleet by Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln in 1953, working at Swindon, Newland and Reading depots. Renumbered 97650 under TOPS system. Upon withdrawal in 1987 she was purchased by the City of Lincoln and was displayed outside the old 40A steam shed for several years before coming to Ludborough. The loco left the LWR on 10th January 2017 for the Heritage Shunters’ Trust at Rowsley.
No. 1313 ‘B’ Class 4-6-0
Built in Sweden in 1917. After hauling trains all over Sweden the loco was withdrawn in 1963 and was brought to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway. After very limited service there, it left for the Stephenson’s Railway Museum in 1991 but was later declared surplus. It has now been acquired by three LWR volunteers who hope to restore the loco for service at Ludborough.
MK1 Brake 2nd Corridor Coach
In its previous life the coach had been used as a support vehicle for Black 5 44871 at the East Lancs Railway, and was in need of a lot of TLC. An extensive renovation of the interior and exterior was completed by volunteers in the carriage workshops in early 2018 and the coach is now back in service on the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, in a smart new ‘blood & custard’ livery
No 1964 Spitfire
A standard Barclay 0-4-0 saddle tank built in 1929, ‘Spitfire’ spent her working life in the chemical industry at Trafford Park in Manchester, finally working for CPC. After withdrawal in the 1970s she was preserved at the Manchester Museum of Science and Technology and since 1984 has resided at several heritage railways before moving to Ludborough. Spitfire’s ten-year overhaul was completed in December 2015 and she was back in service at the LWR for the 2016 running season.