Life & Times – Nos. 1 and 2

With a following wind, this will be the last of the Life & Times posts, and we’ll be able to get back to posting about what is actually happening at Apedale. But this post was 75% written, and it seemed a shame to waste it!

Fleet nos. 1 and 2 are 1963 built Wingrove and Rogers battery locos, each weighing in at 2 1/2 tons. Both locos were new to, and spent their whole working lives at the Cable Street rolling mills operated by United Engineering Steel in Wolverhampton. Both locos were delivered new to Cable Street Mills on the 3rd July 1963 at a cost of £1898.50 each. Their task was to move wagons carrying steel sections to and from the stockyard; steel was brought from the stockyard and rolled into useful stuff. There is a fascinating history of the Cable Street site as a whole here:- http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/OtherTrades/BCN/BJB.htm and a film of the site here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3dwmyjfTiI

The Cable Street system closed in 1996, and both locos then joined the MRT collection. No.2 has been restored and is used regularly; No.1 slumbers in storage in a container. The photos at Cable Street were taken in 1989.