Hudswell Clarke Diesel Shunter D577 Mary
D577 in service
‘Mary’ was only the third standard gauge diesel locomotive to be built by Hudswell Clarke & Co of Leeds, and was fitted with a dummy chimney and cab controls reminiscent of the steam locomotives for which that company was better known. It is a Diesel Mechanical 0-4-0 shunter, Works No D577 of 1932, and was rated at 102 h.p. It was delivered new to Beswicks Limeworks Ltd at Hindlow near Buxton in Derbyshire where it joined Hudswell Clarke’s first standard Gauge diesel locomotive, “Lizzie” (D559/1930). Beswicks later became Staveley Lime Products Ltd in 1966. The locomotive’s original livery was red with black and yellow lining.
D577 in preservation
D577 arrived on the SVRSevern Valley Railway by road from Hindlow on 24 June 1972 having been donated to the Severn Valley Railway Company. However it proved to have only limited haulage and braking capability, on one occasion failing to shunt GWR Large Prairie 4141 up the back road at Hampton Loade station, a task successfully completed by ‘Red RustonRuston and Hornsby Ltd. of Lincoln, engineer and locomotive manufacturer acquired by English Electric in 1966. Also, Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd established in 1930 and jointly owned by Ruston and Hornsby and Bucyrus-Erie (US)’ 319290 the following weekend. Its use on the SVRSevern Valley Railway was therefore restricted, although it was used as the resident Bewdley shunter from 1973-75.
After spending a period of time stored out of use at Highley, D577 was bought by a member of the Middleton Railway in Leeds in October 1980. After arrival there it was repaired, repainted and equipped with vacuum brakes. ‘Mary’ appeared in an episode of the BBC's 'Making Tracks' television programme in December 1994 filmed on the Middleton Railway, where the locomotive is still based.
- SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Sixth Edition
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 133 p. 62. “The Early SVRSevern Valley Railway Shunters” (Chris Magner)
- D577 on Middleton Railway