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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 62 - Spring 1987
Hibberd 0-4-0DM No. 3271 Walrus
On Sunday 9th November, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre took delivery of another diesel locomotive, Hibberd 0-4-0DM No. 3271 Walrus. Built in 1949, Walrus was delivered new to Hibberd's neighbouring company, Arthur Guinness Ltd. of Park Royal - and, along with sister loco Carpenter, worked there until 1986. Usually the pair worked week and week about, shunting wagons around the brewery, but the company's increased rail traffic using large ferry wagons rendered them redundant, as the locos were too small and did not have sufficiently good tyres to enable them to work onto the BR branch. Their replacement came in the form of two 08 0-6-0DEs. Walrus is painted dark blue at present, but is due to receive a new black livery as part of the agreement with Guinness when the loco was donated.
The power plant is a Paxman 6RWT engine of 144 bhp. Maximum speed is 11 mph and weight is 24 tons. F.C. Hibberd obtained many of their components from outside sources and the coupling rods are known to have been produced by the Yorkshire Engine Company. The design has quite a similarity to contemporary Hudswell Clarke practice.
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