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Friday, 29 January 2016

North Dorset Railway Acquires 'Yankee' Steam Locomotives

Heritage Railway News

Yankee Locomotive 30075 On The North Dorset Railway

Isn't always the way?  You wait ages for a steam locomotive, then two come along at once!

Two Yankee steam locomotives, owned by a locomotive group called 'Project 62', arrived at the home of the North Dorset Railway Trust, Shillingstone, Dorset.

Displaying the numbers 30075 and 30076, both 46-ton locomotives, known as 'Yankee's', were so called as they are a pattern build of the World War II USATC S100 Class 0-6-0T Switcher/Shunters designed by Colonel Howard G Hill. 

Built in former Yugoslavia 30076 was constructed in 1954, with 30075 (shown above) being built six years later in 1960.

Many of these Yankee tank locomotives saw service in the UK - including 14 on the Southern Railway plus a number in industrial service with Austin Motors/BMC at Longbridge, the NCB in the North East and on the Longmoor Military Railway.

The locomotives, which both require extensive mechanical work, have arrived at Shillingstone in time to be displayed for the 50th anniversary marking the closure of the Somerset and Dorset Railway on the 7th March 1966.

The North Dorset Railway Trust said: "New members and volunteers to work on the locomotives and at Shillingstone station are always welcome."

If anyone is interested in being a part owner of a steam locomotive, shares are available in both locomotives and details can be found on Project 62’s website at project62.supanet.com

Here is a 'Quick Find ' locator for all Steam/Diesel Locomotives - Diesel Multiple Units (DMU) - Electric Multiple Units (EMU) photos to be found across the 'Along These Tracksblog pages.

Steam Locomotives:
30075   30517   34016   60163   71000   7802

Diesel Locomotives:
08466   08909   09018   20107   20311   20314   31168   31288   31305   31462   31467
43081   43151   57307   60017   66005   66013   66086   66237   66502   66765   67006  67013   66017  67026   66717   66729   66731   66738

Diesel Multiple Units:
153329  153364   153366   153370  156411  165006   172344  172345  220006   220010   220018   220028   222002   222015

Electric Multiple Units:
310086   317327   323214  350120   350250   390128   450108   

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