On Loan From the Moors Valley Railway
This 0-4-0T was built around 2003-2005 by Jim Haylock of the Moors Valley Railway.
The loco’s frames and wheels came from an 0-4-0 diesel locomotive, constructed by Ornstein & Koppel in 1937 and used at the Rocket (V1 & V2 ) testing facility at Peenemünde. The boiler was built bespoke by Bennet Boilers Ltd.
“Emmet” is named after the Moors Valley Railway Cat.
O&K 9998 “Elouise”
Status: Under overhaul
Built in 1922 by Orenstein Koppel of Berlin. Works No. 9998. Supplied new to Servicios Florestais, Portugal (Portuguese forestry commission) via an O&K agent in Madrid, Spain.
In the First World War, O&K built railway engines and Rolling stock of all sizes for the German government. With the collapse of Imperial Germany in November 1918, the Allies put further restrictions on German manufacturing and military capacity, seizing all army Feldbahn engines as per the terms of the Versailles Treaty that ended the First World war.
The treaty also removed access to export markets; this had such an impact on the company at the end of 1925, work stopped for three months due to the lost business (Hence the works plates say Madrid even though she was built in Berlin.).
Little is known about her life in Portugal; she was the first Steam engine delivered to the Portuguese Forestry Commission (National Forest Number One) and two other sister engines; after many years of service, she ended up outside a cafe in Cascais as a tourist attraction.
In 1969/70, she was brought over to Britain, where, after several ownership changes, she ended up on the Old Kiln Light Railway in 1986.
Elouise is currently under overhaul and is hoped to be back for its 100th birthday in 2022!
Status: long term overhaul
Pamela is subject to an appeal for her restoration; if you want to help out, please visit our Easyfund site.
Pamela was built in 1906 (Works No. 920) by the Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds for the Penrhyn Slate Quarry in North Wales. When rail operations ceased in 1962, the locomotive was sold into preservation to a private railway in Leicestershire.
Hunslet Engine No.920 was built in 1906 for Penrhyn Quarry North Wales, Classified as a Large Quarry class of locomotive. It was delivered to Penrhyn on the 17th August 1906, with sister engine Sybil Mary. It was later withdrawn from work with a defective boiler in 1951 and then rebuilt by Penrhyn Quarry with boiler off of ‘Bronllwyd’ Hudswell Clarke locomotive (HC 1643) built 1930. The locomotive re-entered service in 1952.
From January 1952 to September 1954 was the only time Pamela was based at the Port. It was again withdrawn in 1958 with a defective firebox. The locomotive was stored out of use pending a decision on the boiler. (All locos gradually withdrawn from then as quarry turned to road transport)
The railway closed in 1962, and the locomotives were put up for sale. Pamela was sold on 1st December 1965 to a Mr V Salisbury. The locomotive was sold again in October 1966 to John Vernon and moved to Newbold Verdon in Leicestershire. The locomotive had been partly dismantled and was re-assembled by John with a new inner firebox. Steamed again in 1970. After 10 years, the loco was again put up for sale with the complete rail system.
Pamela finally moved to Tilford on 18th November 1984, and in March 2013, Pamela was purchased by the Old Kiln Light Railway Society.