Section 4  -  Trust History


 

 

 

 

 

Exhibition of WILT & WILPG Memrobilia

at Kidderminster Railway Museum as

part of HE686 Centenary Celebration

in April 1998.   (photo:   David Cooke)

                    The Warwickshire Industrial Locomotive Trust was formed in 1993 by some Members of The

                    Warwickshire Industrial Locomotive Preservation Group in order to raise funds for a new boiler

                    for the last Manning, Wardle Locomotive (0-6-0ST No.2047 of 1926) which had been saved for                                       preservation in 1967 and named 'Warwickshire' in 1971.

 

                    We were fortunate to be granted Charitable Status in 1994 and a fund was launched in 1995 to

                    raise money for a new boiler ('Warwickshire Boiler Fund').  The locomotive was Cosmetically

                    Restored by the Severn Valley Railway at Bridgnorth and placed on Static Display at the

                    Kidderminster Railway Museum, in 1997 after spending some time on display in the bay platform at

                    Hampton Loade Station.

 

                    In 1998 an Exhibition was held in the main hall of the Kidderminster Railway Museum to

                    publicise both the Boiler Fund and to Celebrate the Centenary of the second locomotive owned

                    by WILPG namely, 0-6-0T 'The Lady Armaghdale'  built by Hunslet Engine Company in 1898

                    (works number 686).  A commemorative book 'The Jazzer' was also published giving historical

                    details of both locomotives.

 

                    Arrangements were also made in 1998 for HE686 to be repainted in black livery (as Manchester

                    Ship Canal Railway No.14 'St. John') and make visits to the East Lancashire Railway at Bury

                    (October 24/25), then to the Middleton Railway at Leeds (November 7/8) and finally back to the

                    Severn Valley Railway at Kidderminster (November 14/15).  At each location the locomotive was

                    able to operate special passenger shuttles for the benefit of both WILT/WILPG Members and   

                    the General Public.

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 in black livery as MSC Rly. No.14

'St. John' at Middleton Railway, Leeds in November 1998 as part of the Centenary Celebrations.                   (photo:   David Cooke)