Hudswell Clarke Diesel Shunter D577 Mary
|Hudswell Clarke Diesel Shunter D577 Mary|
D577 'Mary' at Bridgnorth in 1972 (David Cooke)
|Built By||Hudswell Clarke|
|Power type||Diesel Mechanical|
|Status||Sold, preserved elsewhere|
|Loco Number||Works No D577/1932|
|Designed By||Hudswell Clarke|
|Type||102 h.p. diesel mechanical|
|1972||Arrived on SVR|
|Weight||21 tons 0 cwt|
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 SVR 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 Ruston’ 319290 the following weekend. Its use on the SVR 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.
- ↑ SVR Stock Book Sixth Edition
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 SVR News 133 p. 62. “The Early SVR Shunters” (Chris Magner)
- ↑ D577 on Middleton Railway