11 “Ald Hague” F. C. Hibberd 3465 of 1950

This locomotive was supplied to the Borough of Ashton-under-Lyne, near Manchester. It was ex-works on 29 June 1950, and spent its entire working life at Dukinfield sewage works; the loco which replaced it at that works is also preserved at Apedale -see fleet number 44. In essence, this design of loco uses a commercially-available car engine in a rail locomotive. The low power and low weight mean that haulage power is very limited -but the Dukinfield works only needed light loads moving over short distances, so this probably wasn’t much of a concern. The name commemorates Alderman Hague, who was the mayor of Ashton-under-Lyne is 1949.

The loco was preserved in December 1975, and moved to the Moseley museum at Cheadle and first ran in preservation in 1990. When this railway closed, the loco moved to Threlkeld, near Keswick (moving at the end of 1997). The loco subsequently moved to a site at Weston Wharf, near Oswestry before “returning to the fold” and re-joining the collection at Apedale on 23 August 2017.