Ride a little Yorkshire Heritage

We run a variety of stock on our lines.

No. 6950 0-6-0DH Louise

Builder: Hunslet Engine Co. Weight: 55T Power: 325HP Built: 1967

Status: Operational

When built in 1967, this locomotive was first allocated to Hamble Oil Refinery in Southampton. From which it later moved to Mobil refinery on the Isle of Grain. Its final place of work was Coryton Refinery in Essex, where it was only occasionally employed. The loco has a 325HP engine which enabled it to haul heavy oil train formations around the various Oil Refineries'.
This makes it ideal for use on the steep grades of the Elsecar Railway. The locomotive was fully overhauled and restored over the 2005/2006 period at the BP Loco works at the refinery. It was finished as it was originally delivered in 1967, in the BP House colours of green, white and yellow with BP Crests.

The locomotive has now been kindly donated to the EHR by British Petroleum. It was named Louise on arrival at Elsecar, and is used on the heaviest passenger trains when a Steam Locomotive is not available.

The locomotive was transported to RMS Locotec at Wakefield to receive heavy repairs to its rear axle hornguides during spring 2007.


No. 2895 0-6-0DE Earl of Strafford

Builder: Yorkshire Engine Co. Weight: 34T Power: 250HP

Status: Under Maintenance

Built by the Yorkshire Engine Company (Meadowhall), the first use of No. 2895 was as a demonstration locomotive for the YEC. She was sold by the Yorkshire Engine Company in 1965 to McCall's Works in Sheffield. After a spell at the McCall's works she was bought by Shakespeare Simpson and Cook of Tutbury. The Earl's last industrial owner was Redland Steetly Aggregates in Nottinghamshire.

She was preserved at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and was bought for the Elsecar Railway on 14th March 1997.

The Earl of Strafford was originally fitted with a 6 Cylinder 220HP Rolls Royce Engine, but this was changed to its current 6 Cylinder 250HP Supercharged Cummins Power Unit after engine problems. The locomotive was ideally suited to life at Elsecar and became the Elsecar Railway's main workhorse and has been regularly used to haul passenger trains as well as carrying out engineering duties. It can haul all but the heaviest passenger trains at Elsecar unassisted.