Midland Railway’s oldest surviving locomotive begins three-year loan to Barrow Hill


The National Railway Museum has signed a three-year loan agreement with the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society to allow Midland Railway Locomotive No. 158A to be placed on public display at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

The locomotive will be on display as part of the Barrow Hill 150+2 Celebration Gala from August 26-28.

The locomotive traveled to Barrow Hill on Thursday August 4 from Locomotion in Shildon, where the engine had undergone conservation and asbestos removal work.

The locomotive will join three other National Collection locomotives already on display at Barrow Hill: Midland Railway Locomotive No. 1000, GER Locomotive No. 1217 and GCR, Director Class, No. 506 Butler Henderson.

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Midland Railway 2-4-0 Locomotive, No.158A has strong historical links to the area and was designed by William Kirtley and built in Derby in 1866 before being retired in 1947. It was built for express services of passengers and is the oldest Midland Railway Locomotive.

The locomotive will be on display as part of the Barrow Hill 150+2 Celebration Gala from August 26-28.

Mervyn Allcock, Managing Director of Barrow Hill, said: “I am proud to see 158A arrive and it fits very well in the Rotunda where it will be on public display alongside No 1000 in time for the Gala Celebration. . This is the first time these engines have been together here in a very long time, so I can’t wait to see the reaction from the public at our event.

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