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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST No. 3890 (NCB66)

The Last One for Quainton!

No! Not the last locomotive to be given permission to come to our centre, but the last standard gauge locomotive built in the United Kingdom for the home market, just 11 years ago.

On 4th November, a 50 ton 0-6-0ST arrived by road in the up yard, purchased by Brian Clifford from the National Coal Board. 66 was built by Hunslet Engine Co. Ltd., Leeds, in 1964, Maker's No. 3890 for the NCB and was the last of the hundreds of locomotives built to the Hunslet design and adopted by Mr R A Riddles as a standard shunting tank for the War Office.

For six years she worked at the Cadeby Main and Denaby Main Collieries at Conisborough in Yorkshire but in 1970 she was withdrawn from service when smokeless zone regulations were introduced. In 1968 she was retubed and she is fitted with an underfeed stoker and patent producer gas system. Other features are a steel firebox, a multiple nozzle blastpipe and a taper coned chimney. 66 will be a close companion for Juno because they are basically similar locomotives. Brian will be restoring his latest acquisition in NCB green livery with white lining. In her working days she had to haul trains of up to 1200 tons on adverse gradients on colliery tracks. These feats will not be required of her at Quainton but she could become a powerful addition to our stock for future operations. Welcome to 66 !

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1975 and so does not reflect events in the 40+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

The Last One for Quainton! - Quainton News No. 26 - Winter 1975

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