Modified Locos - Austerities & Others
This page is intended to show as many of the modified locos a possible - be they the Austerities or any of the other modified types. If you have some photos to contribute for this page I would be very happy to hear from you!
In total it is believed the following numbers of locomotives were modified or built new with the Porta inspired features:
1 further Austerity has been equipped with a Kylpor exhaust ejector in preservation. So in total there are 84 locomotives to illustrate on this page. There is some way to go yet.....
Hudswell Clarke & Co. Built:
Hudswell Clarke No.1763 of 1944 (on the right) with No.1822 of 1949 on the left at Peckfield Colliery. No.1763 was one of the Austerity types bought by Hunslet, rebuilt, given a Hunslet works number and sold back into industrial service. No.1763 became Hunslet No.3891 of 1965. 19 January 1971 © Geoff Plumb http://geoff-plumb.fotopic.net
Hudswell Clarke No.1782 of 1945. Seen at Keighley as Longmoor Military Railway No.118 'Brussels'. This loco was equipped with a Kylpor following experience on the line with 'Fred' showed the Porta exhaust system was superior to the original plain blast pipe. March 1976. © Roger Griffiths
Hudswell Clarke No.1822 of 1949 on the left with No.1763 of 1944 (see above) at Peckfield Colliery. No.1822 was one of the 7 17" Hudswell Clarke locos modified after 1962. It was numbered S.100 by the NCB. Today No.1822 is based on the Chasewater Railway. 19 January 1971 © Geoff Plumb http://geoff-plumb.fotopic.net
HC No.1822 was initially preserved on the Yorkshire Dales Railway, now the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Numbered S.100 the loco is seen on arrival at Embsay. © Charles Adams.
Hudswell Clarke No.1844 of 1951, a 17" outside cylinder 0-6-0. The loco, given the number WHIT No.4, is seen at Water Haigh Colliery, Woodlesford. The loco was modified with a Kylpor exhaust ejector, underfeed stoker and on-grate type of secondary air provision. 19 December 1967. © Geoff Plumb http://geoff-plumb.fotopic.net
Hudswell Clarke No.1883 of 1955. A modified 16" 0-6-0t of the 'Port of London Authority' type, named 'Fryston No.2', is seen operating at Fryston colliery. July 1969 © G.A.Cryer www.geoffspages.co.uk
'Fryston No.2' in between duties at Fryston colliery. 23 May 1972. © Steve Price, courtesy of of G.A.Cryer www.geoffspages.co.uk
Hunslet Engine Company Built:
Hunslet No.1440 of 1923. This loco, named 'Airedale' was the very first of what became the standard 15" Hunslet type. Note the underfeed stoker under the bunker. The exposed nature of the parts shows why many locos were fitted with protector plates beneath the coupling hook. This loco is now resident on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. © Jim Peden, Courtesy of YDRMT
Hunslet No.1810 of 1937. Another Hunslet 15" 0-6-0st modified with a Kylpor exhaust ejector, underfeed stoker and on-grate secondary air delivery system. Sadly this loco has not made it into preservation. Photographed at Fryston on 23 June 1967. © K.J.Cooper, Courtesy of YDRMT
Hunslet No.1902 of 1938. A 15" Hunslet, named 'Mexborough', in seen in action at Wheldale colliery. July 1969. © G.A.Cryer www.geoffspages.co.uk
Hunslet No.2414 of 1942. This locomotive may look like an Austerity type but it is in fact a class 50550. It is seen above in coal board service numbered S.112. No.2414 is now preserved at Embsay. © Mike Wood
Hunslet No.2705 of 1945, 'Beatrice', a standard 16" locomotive. This loco was equipped with a Kylpor exhaust and underfeed stoker but in preservation these have been removed. 'Beatrice' in de-modified form is seen leaving Embsay passing modified Austerity S.134 'Wheldale' (Hunslet 3168 of 1944). August 6 1990
'Beatrice' in modified form at North Gawber colliery, Barnsley. In the background is another 16" Hunslet locomotive. July 1969. © G.A.Cryer www.geoffspages.co.uk
Hunslet No.2857 of 1943, 'Swiftsure'. This loco is seen at Bodmin General station on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway. Since the photograph was taken the locomotive has moved to the Strathspey Railway. The loco is recorded as having been modified in April 1965.
No.2868 - see Hunslet No.3883
Hunslet No.2879 of 1943. This loco, named 'Diana' is seen at Wheldale colliery in 1971. © Geoff Plumb http://geoff-plumb.fotopic.net
Hunslet No.2879 of 1943. 'Diana' takes water (very slowly!) at Wheldale colliery in 1971. The reversing rod has been cranked to avoid the overfire airholes in the firebox side. © Geoff Plumb http://geoff-plumb.fotopic.net
Hunslet 3168 of 1944, 'Wheldale' was on static display at Bolton Abbey Station in June 2006. This machine was involved in combustion tests in 1981 which were funded by Hunslet. Initial testing took place between 02-05 November 1981 with all testing complete by 06 January 1982. Fitted with an underfeed stoker at that time it is believed not to have had a true gas producer firebox.
Hunslet No.3171 of 1944. This locomotive is seen at North Gawber colliery in 1968. An accident saw the locomotive end up on its side. After this event, not surprisingly, it never ran again. © Geoff Plumb http://geoff-plumb.fotopic.net
Hunslet No.3180 of 1944, 'Antwerp' seen stored at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. August 1 2005
Hunslet No.3180 of 1944, 'Antwerp' retains some of the GPCS arrangement and sports an enlarged coal bunker with ladder. August 1 2005
Hunslet No.3212 of 1945. Fitted with a turbo-generator and headlamp the loco is seen, in desperate need of a clean, at North Gawber colliery. July 1969 © G.A.Cryer www.geoffspages.co.uk
Hunslet No.3715 of 1951. This 0-6-0st is a standard Hunslet 16" loco, number S.121 'Primrose No.2'. In 1963 it was fitted with an underfeed stoker and Kylpor exhaust and given the on-grate type of Gas Producer Combustion system. Today it is preserved on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway. Sister engine 'Beatrice' is also on the railway and has been totally de-modified. 'Primrose No.2' retains the modified exhaust. August 6 1990
'Primrose No.2' in service at Peckfield colliery. The locomotive appears to have already lost the underfeed stoker at this point. December 1971. © Steve Price, courtesy of G.A.Cryer www.geoffspages.co.uk
Hunslet No.3785 of 1953. Numbered 69 this loco spent many years operating at NCB South Hetton Colliery, County Durham before heading to the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway for preservation. © Charles Boylan, YDRMT
|Hunslet Austerity No.3788 of 1953. Named 'N.C.B. Monckton No.1' this loco worked at the colliery of the same name near Barnsley. However, like so many engines, it eventually moved on also seeing service at North Gawber Colliery. The modifications were carried out in 1963. 09 December 2006|
|No.3788's fairly self explanatory nameplate. 09 December 2006|
Hunslet No.3883 of 1962, originally No.2868 of 1943. This locomotive is a rather special one - it is the machine road tested by British Railways, Western Region, in 1963. After testing it operated at Glasshoughton, Castleford with the name/number 'Coal Products No.6'. No.3883 is seen here in preservation at the Rutland Railway Museum. 21 August 1980. © G.A.Cryer www.geoffspages.co.uk
No.3883, the very last steam locomotive to be scientifically tested by British Railways, is preserved but out of use at the Rutland Railway Museum. This machine retains many of the modifications and even signs of the BR testing. As such it is recommended viewing for students of this type. 28 January 2007
Hunslet No.3889 of 1964 at Cadley Hill Colliery. This locomotive was the penultimate standard gauge industrial steam locomotive produced in the UK for UK use. This loco is now at Rutland Railway Museum. April 19 1980. © Geoff Pethick
No.3889 is currently preserved at the Rutland Railway Museum. This locomotive is currently not fitted with a Gas Producer boiler. 28 January 2007
Hunslet 3890 of 1964, NCB 66 at Quainton, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. This is the last Austerity to be built and the final industrial steam locomotive built for UK use. January 1 1980. © Geoff Pethick
No.3891 - See Hudswell Clarke No.1763.
No.3892 - Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn No.7136.
Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn Built:
RSH No. 7136 of 1944 and rebuilt by Hunslet in 1969 gaining number 3892, 'Warrington' is seen at Dinting Railway Centre. As 3892 this loco was sold direct from Hunslet into preservation. July 1976. © Roger Griffiths
The 'Austerity' type locomotive has become popular, if somewhat unloved, on UK preserved railways. This is especially true of lines operating on old BR formations where this type of loco is used prior to the availability of BR types. In many cases the 'Austerities' are looking for a new home once the BR types are available. Here 'Warrington', is seen leaving Darley Dale on Peak Rail with a passenger service to Matlock. July 31 1992
RSH No.7289 of 1945. Following industrial service No.7289 operated on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for many years. A couple of changes of owners later finds the loco at Tyseley Locomotive Works. 16 May 2004
RSH No.7291 of 1945. This modified Austerity was named 'Parkhill No.26'. It is seen hauling some ancient looking chaldron type wagons at Fryston colliery. July 1969. © G.A.Cryer www.geoffspages.co.uk
All uncredited images are © Martyn Bane.