Hastings No. 469 Built in 1888 by Hunslet

 

Hastings

 

She is one of the earliest examples of the Hunslet’s 0-6-0 saddle tanks and was built for the Manchester Ship Canal contractors, Messrs. T .A. Walker, and at first carried the name of 'Liverpool', Some years later, however, after its acquisition for a contract in the south of England by Messer. Price, Wills & Reeves, it was renamed 'Hastings'.

Eventually 'Hastings' passed into the ownership of Park Gate iron & Steel Company, who employed the loco at there Sproxton Quarry, where it was ultimately joined by the K&ESR 'Charwelton'. However Hastings carried the main work load, but in 1957, with the arrival of a third loco at Sproxton, it was virtually abandoned. In 1963 with the closure of the of the quarry railway Hastings was acquired for the K&ESR, and it was restored to working order in 1965 painted oxford blue with red lining.
It was acquired by Martin Staniforth in September 2002 a Society member and has been transferred to Mangapps Farm Railway Museum for restoration. Work has started on the boiler, the chimney has already been restored.

 

cylinder dia 13"
Stroke 18"
Wheel dia 3' 1"
Tank capacity 585 gallons
Heating surface 489 sq. ft
Grate area 7.75 sq. ft
Weight empty 18 tons
Weight loaded 22 tons
Boiler pressure 160 psi
Tractive effort at 85% 11,181 lbs

Locomotive Report April 2015

Work on Hastings has been concentrated on the boiler. A new section of backhead has been welded in. A new firebox, foundation ring and girder support brackets made. There is still a lot more work to be done before these can be fitted.