A once common place scene, pit head winding gear and a smoking industrial locomotive with a rake of mineral empties. However, today, in our modern, coal free age, this scene has to be lovingly recreated, which it is here, at the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire. What was, once, Dilhorne colliery, is now a mining museum and the British coal mining industry is all but a museum piece too, with all, or nearly all, deep mines now closed and capped. The locomotive, Kent Electric No.2, is beginning the climb of ‘Dilhorne bank’ a short stretch of which is at the fearsome gradient of 1in19.
Lost in all the smoke, behind the mineral wagons, is another fairly unique little industrial locomotive – a Dubs crane tank, acting as a banker. This is, essentially, a crane mounted on top of a tank engine – and it looks as odd as it sounds. Built by Dubs & Co. of Glasgow, in 1901, for the Shelton Iron & Steel works, No.4101 remained in service until 1968. Kent Electric No.2, (Bagnall 2842), was built in 1946 for the Kent Electric Power Co. and worked first at Dartford and then, in the mid-1950s, moved to Croyden. She was purchased, privately, for preservation in 1972 and had several homes before arriving at the Foxfield Railway in 2003.
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