Section 7A - MW No.2047 of 1926



The Warwickshire Industrial Locomotive Preservation Group was formed in 1967 to save a small steam locomotive which just happened to be the last Manning, Wardle (2047/1926) built in Leeds prior to the Company being wound up in 1927. The Group initially comprised of 30 Members who each subscribed the princely sum of £10 to cover the purchase price (£150) and trasport cost (£55), the balance going towards the cost of restoration to working order. The locomotive was moved from Rugby Cement Company to Bridgnorth (Severn Valley Railway) by road in October 1967 and during the next 14 months was partly dismantled and restored to working order, being steamed for the first in early December 1968. Repainted in a new blue livery it was used on works trains and for giving footplate rides in the station yard at Bridgnorth during Steam Gala days. The locomotive was also used as a regular Station Pilot and on occasional filming duties (plus a visit to the 'Town & Country Festival' at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh in August 1974) until it was taken out of traffic at the end of 1975 for for the boiler to be retubed. Following this the locomotive was assigned to the Permanent Way Department of the S.V.R. and continued to be heavily used until finally withdrawn at the end of 1977 with a defective fusible plug. When the locomotive was eventually dismantled for overhaul (in 1988) it was found that the boiler was beyond 'economic repair'. Following the formation of the Warwickshire Industrial Locomotive Trust in 1993 it was decided to re-assemble and cosmetically restore the locomotive and place it on static display at Kidderminster Railway Museum in order to raise funds for a new boiler. In July 1995 MW2047 emerged from the S.V.R. Paintshop looking resplendant in green livery once again and was towed down to Hampton Loade by HE686 to attend the Station Gala. After spending some time here it eventually ended up at S.V.R. Kidderminster. In february 1997 a low loader was used to move the locomotive (and a number of wagons) into the yard of Kidderminster Railway Museum where a new siding had been laid in front of the Cattle Dock. The locomotive was destined to remain in this location until moved up to Bridgnorth by road in November 2010. By this time the MW2047 Boiler Fund had raised a good proportion of the money required to purchase a new boiler and pay towards the cost of overhaul. However more funds will be required to complete the task of full restoration. We look forward to having the locomotive back in working order well before its Centenary in 2026.

MW2047 at Rugby Cement Works In Use 1961 -1966

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

poses at the New Bilton Works

of Rugby Cement in March 1961.

(photo:   Courtesy Industrial

Railway Society)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

at Work shunting coal wagons

at Rugby Cement Works in

February 1966.

(photo:   Terence Dorrity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

in steam at Rugby Cement

Works in February 1966.

(photo:   Terence Dorrity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 0f 1926 in steam at

Rugby Cement Works in February 1966.

(photo:   Roger Hickman)

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

in steam at Rugby Cement

Works in February 1966. This

was the final year of operation.

      (photo:   Roger Hickman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

in steam at Rugby Cement

Works in February 1966.

(Photo:   Roger Hickman)

MW2047 at Rugby Cement Out of Use in 1967

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 before

cleaning at Rugby Cement Works in

September 1967 following its purchase

by the WarwickshireIndustrial

Locomotive Preservation Group.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

during cleaning by WILPG

Members at Rugby Cement

Works in September 1967.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

at Rugby Cement Works in

September 1967 following

purchase by W.I.L.P.G.  It had

been cleaned ready for its

journey  to SVR Bridgnorth

the following month. 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

at Rugby Cement Works after

being cleaned by WILPG Members

in September 1967 prior to its

move to SVR Bridgnorth.                      

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

at Rugby Cement Works after

being cleaned by WILPG

Members in September 1967

prior to its move to the Severn

Valley Railway at Bridgnorth.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 with former

loco crew at Rugby Cement Works

in October 1967 shortly before it was

moved to the Severn Valley Railway.

(Photo Courtesy of Coventry

Evening Telegraph)

MW2047 at Severn Valley Railway 1967 - 1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047of 1926 at SVR

Bridgnorth, a month after arrival from

Rugby Cement, in November 1967.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 seen in

loco yard at SVR Bridgnorth prior to

being dismantled for overhaul in

January 1968.  (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 partly

dismantled with WILPG Members hard

at work and restoration making good

progress at SVR Bridgnorth in April 1968. (photo:   David Williams)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 partly

dismantled with restoration well in

progress at SVR Bridgnorth in March 1968.        (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 following

a successful hydraulic boiler test with

WILPG Members apply more paint at

SVR Bridgnorth in June 1968.

(photo:   David Williams)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

Re-assembly about to start with boiler

newly painted in red oxide primer at

SVR Bridgnorth in July 1968.            

(photo:   David Williams)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 at

SVR Bridgnorth in August 1968 with

restoration and re-assembly by WILPG Members proceeding in earnest following

the successful boiler hydraulic test the

previous month. Note new blue livery.

   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

awaiting the re-fitting of the saddletank

with a number of WILPG Members present

at SVR Bridgnorth in August 1968.

(photo:   David Williams)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 almost completely re-assembled, except for fitting

of cab at SVR  Bridgnorth in October 1968. 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 finally

completed at SVR Bridgnorth

in November 1968.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 in steam

for the first time in preservation at

SVR Bridgnorth in December 1968.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

in steam for the first time at SVR

Bridgnorth in December 1968.

(photo:   David Williams)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

working its first passenger train at

SVR Bridgnorth in December 1968.

(photo:   david Williams)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 in

steam for the second time at SVR

Bridgnorth in December 1968.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 in

steam for the second time at SVR

Bridgnorth in December 1968.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

heading South near SVR Oldbury

Viaduct in January 1969.            

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 taking

water at SVR Eardington January 1969.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 shunting rolling stock at SVR Bridgnorth in January 1969.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

working a P. Way works train at SVR

Oldbury Viaduct in February 1969.

(photo:   David Williams)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 on a works train

at SVR Knowlesands Tunnel in February 1969.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 collecting

coal wagons from Alveley and

heading for SVR Hampton

Loade in February 1969.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 in

Early Blue Livery at Hampton

Loade Station on the Severn Valley

Railway in February 1969.                    

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 shunting rolling

stock at SVR Bridgnorth in March 1969.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 shunting rolling

stock at SVR Bridgnorth in March 1969.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

blasting its way out of SVR Bridgnorth

with a P. Way works train in April 1969.

(photo:   David Williams)

MW2047 at S.V.R.  1970 - 1973

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

in Winter Storage at SVR

Bridgnorth in January 1970.

(photo:   David Idle)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

Shunting a complete P. Way Train

at SVR Bridgnorth in March 1970.

(photo:   David Williams) 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

being lined out in the Goods

Shed at SVR Bridgnorth in July

1970. Note new 'Warwickshire'

nameplates in position.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' on Footplate Ride Duty

at SVR Bridgnorth in September 1970.  (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' giving Footplate Rides

at SVR Bridgnorth in September 1970.      

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' at SVR Bridgnorth

in September 1970.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 in the process

of being officially named 'Warwickshire' by

Mr.H.A.Vigar the former Works Manager at

Rugby Cement. The Ceremony took place at

SVR Bridgnorth in April 1971.

(photo:   Michael Shaw)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

with original crew from Rugby Cement at

SVR Bridgnorth in April 1971.

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' Departing from SVR Bridgnorth with a

WILPG Members Special Working to

Hampton Loade in April 1971. 

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' Pauses at SVR

Eardington together with original

crew from Rugby Cement.

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' shunting rolling stock at SVR Bridgnorth in

May 1971.                    (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' shunting rolling stock as SVR Bridgnorth in August 1971.               (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' Pauses at SVR

Eardington with a P. Way works

train on a sunny day in November

1971       (photo:   David Williams)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' on Filming

Duty for the BBC at SVR

Bewdley in March 1972.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' on Filming

Duty for the BBC at SVR

Bewdley in March 1972.           

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' on Filming Duty

for the BBC at SVR Bewdley

Tunnel in March 1972.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' On footplate ride

duty at SVR Bridgnorth in April 1972.             (photo:   David Idle)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' Makes smoke

in the industrial siding at SVR Bridgnorth in July 1972.

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' Gets ready with

LMS 4-6-0 No.45110 for Enthusiasts Weekend at SVR Bridgnorth in

September 1972.      

(photo:   David Idle)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 in

improved blue livery and now

named 'Warwickshire' at Bridgnorth, Severn Valley Railway in June 1973. (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' acting as Station Pilot at SVR Bridgnorth in

July 1973.                    (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

acting as Station Pilot at SVR Bridgnorth

in August 1973.    (photo:   David Cooke)

MW2047 at S.V.R.  1974 - 1979

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

waits on back road siding at SVR Bridgnorth

in May 1974.                  (photo:   David Idle)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

ready to shunt rolling stock at SVR Bridgnorth

in May 1974.                    (photo:   David Idle)

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

in Caledonian Livery at SVR Bridgnorth in

August 1974. This was the final livery to be carried whilst the locomotive was in active service.               (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' now facing North

for the first time (following its

recent Visit to Stoneleigh) at SVR

Bridgnorth in September 1974.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926

'Warwickshire' on P.Way

Department Duty at SVR

Hampton Loade in September

1974.      (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

on an ECS working at SVR Hay Bridge in

March 1975.      (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

on an ECS working at SVR Hay Bridge in

March 1975.           (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

on Eardington Bank heading towards SVR Bridgnorth with an ECS working from

Hampton  Loade in March 1975.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

in the midst of a busy shed yard at SVR

Bridgnorth in the Summer of 1975.  

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

in the process of being re-tubed in the

open at SVR Bridgnorth in June 1976.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An unusual view taken from the cab of 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' on Eardington Bank

in May 1977. The locomotive was on secondment to

the SVR P. Way Department until withdrawn later in

the year with a defective fusible plug and has not

been steamed since.            (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

on P.Way Department duty at SVR

Eardington Bank in May 1977.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

on P. Way Department duty at SVR

Eardington Bank in May 1977.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

on P. Way Department duty at

SVR Bridgnorth in May 1977.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

on P.Way Department duty at SVR Bridgnorth

in May 1977. This would turn out to be one of

the last occasion that the locomotive would

be in steam due to a defective fusible plug.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

stored in the workshop at SVR Bridgnorth in

August 1979. The locomotive was to remain

in this location until early 1988 when it was dismantled and the boiler sent to Roger

Pridham in Devon for repair. We had to

wait until early 1992 to find out that the

boiler was 'beyond economic repair' and

a new boiler would cost in the region

of £40,000.       (photo:   David Cooke)

MW2047 at S.V.R.  1988 - 1995

 

 

 The frames of 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 at SVR Bridgnorth in August 1988 whilst the boiler was

at Roger Pridham's Works in Devon. When the boiler was condemed in 1992 it was decided to return the old boiler to Bridgnorth and re-assemble the locomotive, cosmetically

restore and place it on Static Display whilst

funds for a new boiler were raised. Hence

the reason W.I.L.T. was established in 1993.             (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

The old Boiler off 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of

1926 'Warwickshire' in the Boiler Shop at SVR

Bridgnorth in July 1993 following its return

from Roger Pridham in Devon. Although

the boiler looks fairly complete externally,

little remained of the old inner firebox.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 Old boiler back on the frames of 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 at SVR Bridgnorth in August

1993. The locomotive was in the process of

being re-assembled for Static Display at Kidderminster Railway Museum whilst

funds for a new boiler were raised.                         (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

in the loco yard at SVR Bridgnorth having

the cladding re-fitted to the firebox in

September 1993.   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' having its saddletank replaced withe the

help of a fork lift truck at SVR Bridgnorth

in September 1993.                              

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

in the workshop at SVR Bridgnorth in

November 1993 waiting for its cab to be

refitted before the locomotive entered

the Paint Shop to be cosmetically

restored in its original green livery.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

in the workshop at SVR Bridgnorth in

November 1993 waiting for its cab to be

refitted before the locomotive entered

the paint shop to be cosmetically

restored in its original green livery.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

in its new green livery in the workshop at

SVR Bridgnorth in July 1995 shortly before

being towed down to Hampton Loade for

Static Display.          (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

back in green livery following Cosmetic

Restoration at Bridgnorth, Severn

Valley Railway in July 1995.

(photo:   Peter Kennard)

MW2047 on Static Display at K.R.M.  1997 - 2010

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

at Kidderminster Railway Museum in

February 1997.          (photo:   David Cooke)

    

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

at  Kidderminster Railway Museum in

April 1999.        (photo:   David Cooke)                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

at Kidderminster Railway Museum in

May 1999. The loco is thinly disguised as

No.6 'Percy'.        (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

at Kidderminster Railway Museum in May

1999. The loco is thinly disguised as No.6 'Percy'.                    (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

at Kidderminster Railway Museum in

May 2006.       (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire' on Static Display at Kidderminster Railway Museum

in May 2006. The green livery applied in 1995

had started to fade a little by this time. The locomotive would spend another four years in

the open air before its return to SVR Bridgnorth

in November 2010 for its overhaul to begin.               (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

still on Static Display at Kidderminster

Railway Museum in May 2009.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

still on Static Display at Kidderminster Railway Museum in May 2009.   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0ST MW No.2047 of 1926 'Warwickshire'

almost ready to be removed from

Kidderminster Railway Museum

in September 2010.   

(photo:   David Cooke)