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Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T No. 1334 Sir Thomas

Sir Thomas rests at sunrise on 22nd August at Quainton

Unknown - Sir Thomas rests at sunrise on 22nd August at Quainton

The Oxfordshire Ironstone Company, of Banbury, at one time owned a fleet of twenty steam locomotives which were employed in handling iron ore trains from the workings at Wroxton to the exchange sidings of the Great Western Company at Pen Hill, near Banbury, a distance of about five miles. These engines were maintained in first class condition but eventually the introduction of diesels made them redundant.

The survivor was supplied to the Oxfordshire Ironstone Company in 1918 by Hudswell Clarke & Co of Leeds, as one of two six-coupled tank engines. They were given fleet numbers 1 and 2 and named Sir Thomas and Lord North respectively. A similar engine, President, was delivered in 1923. Sir Thomas was named after Sir Thomas Pope, the first owner of Wroxton Abbey, which was close to the company's workings. Sir Thomas was relatively unusual for an industrial locomotive in that it was fitted with vacuum brake equipment from new.

In the mid-1960s, the steam locomotives were replaced by diesels, and at the instigation of Mr E Tonks of the Birmingham Locomotive Club, Sir Thomas was saved for preservation, and presented to the Quainton Railway Society on 1st June 1969. Although out of service for several years, Sir Thomas had been kept under cover and well greased and was in far better order than any of the Society's other locos at that time. It was therefore decided to put Sir Thomas into working order for the first steam weekend at the August Bank holiday. In the short period prior to the bank holiday the boiler was stripped off, a hydraulic test performed, the locomotive reassembled, and a steam test performed.

Sir Thomas headed the Quainton Railway Centre's first passenger trains along with Juno, in August 1969. Sir Thomas and Juno then bore the brunt of services for the next two years. In 1971 very major work became necessary and it is now a long-term static exhibit.

The Locomotive Department 1969 - 1973 - John Hutchings - Quainton News No. 16 June 1973

Sir Thomas on 4th November 1961 at Pen Hill Farm Shed, Oxfordshire Ironstone

Sidney Lelux - Sir Thomas on 4th November 1961 at Pen Hill Farm Shed, Oxfordshire Ironstone

Builder :- Hudswell Clarke Date Built :- 1918 Works No. :- 1334
Running No. :- 1 Name :- Sir Thomas Wheel Arrangement :- 0-6-0T
Tractive Effort :- 18, 568 lb Boiler Pressure :- 160 psi Cylinder Dimensions :- 16" x 24"
Weight :- 42t 0c Driving Wheel Dia. :- 3' 9" Owner :- QRS
Status :- Static Exhibit Location :- Wembley Shed Down Yard Accession Number :- W/0023
Arrival Date :- 1969

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