No. 9 "Mark Timothy"History
Originally designed and built in 1999 by Winson Engineering as an oil fired locomotive to the outline of a 'County Donegal' design of 2-6-4 tank engine.
As delivered the locomotive had many problems and was unable commence work on the railway. The cab was also very cramped for the loco crew.
After a review a redesign of the locomotive was undertaken and it was sent to Alan Keef Limited of Ross on Wye, who undertook a major rebuild of the locomotive that included new cylinders, multi jet 'Lempour exhaust' and other modifications, which have made it the most economical tank engine on the line. The locomotive was also converted to coal burning during the rebuild.
Returning to the railway again in 2003 the locomotive entered full passenger traffic in July 2004 and is the newest loco on the railway.
In her rebuilt state No.9 resembles a Kitson tank locomotive of the 'Leek & Manifold Railway'. She is a 2-6-4 tank engine design, with a mechanical chassis similar to locomotive numbers 6 7, & 8.
The locomotive is named Mark Timothy in memory of the owners son who sadly passed away at a young age.
The locomotive is privately owned by a supporter and is on a long term loan to the railway.Technical details
Gauge: 15 inches
Length: 20 feet , 6 inches
Width: 4 feet, 11 inches
Height: 6 feet, 5 inches
Working Weight: 11 tons
Coal Capacity: 12 cwt
Water Capacity: 900 Litres (198 gallons)
Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-4
Driving Wheel Diameter: 24 inches
Boiler Pressure: 180 psi
Boiler Diameter: 24 inches
Firebox grate area: 5½ feet ²
Cylinder Size: 7 inch diameter by 11 inch stroke
Valve diameter: 3½ inches
Nominal Tractive Effort: 3,436 Ibs
Valve Gear: Walschaerts
Livery: The loco is painted 'Madder lake Red'