3-year loan to Barrow Hill for Midland’s oldest railway

Midland Railway Locomotive No. 158A 2-4-0, which is Midland Railway’s oldest locomotive, is to be publicly displayed at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

The National Railway Museum has signed a three-year loan agreement with the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society to allow the historic locomotive to be displayed in the rotunda. On Thursday August 4, the locomotive traveled to Barrow Hill from Locomotion in Shildon, where it had undergone conservation and asbestos removal work.

At Barrow Hill, the locomotive will join three other national collection locomotives already on display there: Midland Railway Class 4P compound locomotive No. 1000, Great Eastern Railway Class F48 locomotive No. 1217, later to become LNER Class J17 No. 65567 and Great Central Railway Grand Director Class D11 No.506 Butler Hendersonwhich later became LNER 62660.

The Midland Railway 2-4-0 locomotive, No.158A has strong historic links to the region, being designed by William Kirtley and built in Derby in 1866 as part of a batch of 29 locomotives built for express passenger service to Kings Cross, then the London Terminus of the Midland Railway until the construction of St Pancras station.

He became 158A in 1896, then renumbered n°2 in 1907 until 1934 when he was renumbered by the LMS in 20002. He finally ended his days as a station pilot in Nottingham in 1947, after 81 years of service. In its final days it had been relegated to commuter stop trains.

The locomotive will be on display as part of the Barrow Hill 150+2 Celebration Gala from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August.

Mervyn Allcock, Managing Director of Barrow Hill, said:

“I am proud to see 158A arrive and it fits very well in the rotunda where it will be on public display alongside No. 1000 in time for the celebratory gala. This is the first time these engines have been together here in a very long time, so I can’t wait to see the reaction from the public at our event.

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