The Story of Stanhope


The story of Kerr, Stuart 0-4-2ST locomotive Stanhope (KS2395/1917).

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The story of Kerr, Stuart locomotive Stanhope (KS2395/1917), from her construction in Stoke on Trent between 1916 and 1917, to her near-death experience at the hands of preservationist Colin Pealing in 1966.

She came within an ace of being fully scrapped several times over the subsequent years but, against the odds, survived to be returned to steam in 1999 at the Alan Keef Open Day. She was the first Kerr Stuart locomotive to use a new design of valvegear based on the Hackworth valve gear, and features in a number of publicity documents issued by Kerr Stuart. Ordered from Kerr Stuart to assist with the war effort during the Great War by helping to build houses for the naval dockyard workers in Rosyth in Scotland from 1917 to the end of 1918. In the early 1920s, she could be found on road building projects in Kent, and later still, a dam project in the North East of England. Subsequently sold to the world famous Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales, she worked there until 1948 when she was retired with boiler troubles. This is her story, told in words and pictures.

Included in the book is new material about the California Works of Kerr, Stuart, and using material from the original Kerr, Stuart records held in the National Railway Museum where her build correspondence is held. Three scale drawings for modellers are included, with over 120 photographs, many in colour, showing her at work at Penrhyn Quarries, on the scrap line at Coed-y-Parc, and the restoration progress between 1994 and 1999.

A4 format, soft bound, with 134 pages, 9 maps and plans, including three general arrangement/layout drawings. Published in 2017.

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Phil Robinson