Ruston and Hornsby 165hp Diesel Shunter 319290
319290 in Service
319290 is one of a number of 165 h.p. diesel shunters at the SVRSevern Valley Railway, and is one of the diesel-mechanical variety. It was built by Ruston and Hornsby of Lincoln as works number 319290 of 1953 for use by Robertson Thain at their Ellesmere Port ironworks, and since 1960 by B.I.P. Chemicals at Langley Green.
319290 in Preservation
319290 was the first Ruston and Hornsby shunter acquired by the SVRSevern Valley Railway, being purchased from B.I.P by SVR(H) in March 1972. Originally the locomotive had no number other than its works number, although it was commonly referred to as the “Red Ruston”. It saw regular use in the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s early days on Engineers’ trains, but now acts as yard shunter in Bewdley Down Yard
For some years the locomotive carried a BRBritish Rail or British Railways livery with the fictitious number D2957. However in May 2017 it was repainted and renumbered 319290. It is maintained by the Bewdley Carriage & Wagon Department.
See alsoDiesel Locomotives
Bewdley Carriage & Wagon Department
List of preservation groups
Locomotives running under different identities
ReferencesSVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Ninth Edition