Go Ahead for Hudswell

The Moseley Railway Trust is pleased to announce that a programme and funding has been put into place for the restoration of a 2’0″ gauge Hudswell Clarke steam locomotive. The locomotive was built in Leeds in 1916, and was exported to Ghana. It worked for AngloGold Ashanti at their gold mines in Ghana until 1952, and was eventually put on display at the complex at Obuasi. Through the considerable assistance of AngloGold Ashanti, the locomotive was repatriated to the UK in 2008. Porterbrook Leasing sponsored part of the transportation costs from Ghana. Since 2008, the locomotive has been on display at the Moseley Railway Trust’s site at Apedale, near Newcastle under Lyme. In 2009, the locomotive was loaned to the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway in Bedfordshire to help mark the 75th anniversary of that railway. The locomotive has now moved to a private workshop facility where restoration to fully operational condition will take place. The work will be carried out by the team who have recently completed the overhaul of the Hunslet loco “Edward Sholto”.
The funding for the restoration of the Hudswell Clarke locomotive has come from two main sources. Firstly, the family of Terry Stanhope has provided a substantial bequest. Terry, who died in 2006, was a life-long railway enthusiast and supporter of the Moseley Railway Trust. It is entirely fitting that he will have a permanent memorial in the form of the restored locomotive which will provide enjoyment and interest to many people. Secondly, a PRISM grant has been awarded, which recognises the importance of this locomotive to the UK’s industrial heritage.
There remains some funding yet to be obtained to complete the project, and the Moseley Railway Trust would welcome any further contributions towards the overhaul of the locomotive.
Phil Robinson, the Chairman of the Moseley Railway Trust said “Since AngloGold Ashanti kindly allowed the repatriation of this locomotive, we have been working to facilitate its return to steam. Through the kindness and support of the Stanhope family, and with the help of the PRISM team, we are now well on the way to achieving this. On behalf of the Moseley Railway Trust, I would like to express our thanks to the Stanhope family and PRISM”.
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