On the closure of the rail system at Penlee Quarry on 31st July 1972 these engines were sold to W Morris, Bromyard & Linton Light Railway, Herefordshire in June 1975.
Below are photographs taken of the removal of these engines, 229656 being purchased by Tim Ratcliffe for preservation at the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Light Railway of which we are extremely grateful for these photographs.
My enquiry relates to the history of this particular locomotive, and as there is a picture of it in Maurice Dart's book Images of Industrial and Narrow Gauge Railways - Cornwall, I wondered if this message could be forwarded to him if no one in the society already knows the answer. I see that Mr Dart's address is displayed on one of your previous web pages, however I feel it more appropriate to contact him through yourselves.
When I purchased this locomotive in 2012 and moved it to the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway in Bedfordshire, I was told by the previous owner that this loco was the one that had been washed into the sea during the great 'Ash Wednesday' storm of March 1962. I wondered if there was any way of confirming this please? I know that another Ruston loco fell off the end of the pier and into the sea, but this was one of the larger Rustons - 200748, and much later on.
The locomotive has now been dismantled, and the chassis has been sent away to be shot blasted this very week, Although progress is being made, it is likely that restoration will still take a very long time. The photo shows the chassis at the time it was dismantled - now some 5 years ago. Note the Fruedenstein is visible in the background!
Thank you in advance for any assistance in this.
Regards - Tim Ratcliffe - Society Officer - Museum Fleet I/C Locomotives, LBNGR
I have just spoken to Maurice Dart who has confirmed that this engine was one of those effected by thr Ash Wednesday Storm at Newlyn in March 1962 of which I can remember to this day whilst working at the Dry Dock in Penzance Maurice tells me that he paid a visit to W Morris, Bromyard & Linton Light Railway some years ago and photographed the engines.
The last part of the exercise did require a crane as the locos had to be flown over a fence and onto the waiting transport - this was on the 12th August.
Regards - Tim