Ruston and Hornsby 165hp Diesel Shunter 408297 William

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Ruston and Hornsby 165hp Diesel Shunter 408297 William
Built By Ruston & Hornsby
Configuration 0-6-0
Power type Diesel Mechanical
Status Scrapped
Other Numbers Works No 408297/1957
Built 1957
Designed By Ruston & Hornsby
Type DM165
1980 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
Length 22ft 1in
Weight 28t

Diesel Locomotives

’William’ was one of a number of Ruston and Hornsby 165 h.p. diesel shunters acquired by the SVRSevern Valley Railway. It was intended for use but was ultimately cannibalised for spares. 

11509 in Service

The locomotive was built by Ruston and Hornsby of Lincoln as Works No 408297 of 1957. It was delivered new to the Patent Shaft Steelworks at Wednesbury in January 1957[1].

11509 in Preservation

The locomotive was one of four acquired from Patent Shaft during 1980, arriving on 28 October in that year.[1] It was initially given the name ‘William’ and was intended, after restoration, to replace Red Ruston 319290 as the P.WayPermanent Way Department's engine,[2] but was ultimately cannibalised for spare parts around 1984[3].

See Also


  1. 1.01.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 58
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 133 p. 62. “The Early SVRSevern Valley Railway Shunters” (Chris Magner)
  3. Comment by David Holroyde on SVR Unofficial Facebook Group