Brookfield Bagnall 2613
No 2613 was originally designed as a narrow gauge locomotive to go to work in the coal fields in Turkey. But just as construction was starting it was commandeered as part of the war effort and built as standard gauge. The Walschaerts valve gear, shown clearly in the illustration above is very unusual in a locomotive of this size and type.
When completed it went to the Admiralty stores at Stoke on Trent where it was used as a shunting engine. After the war it remained in use on the same site, which became Brookfield Foundry (hence the name), until 1961. The locomotive was put up for auction in 1983 when the foundry closed. It was then that a society member, Richard Moore, purchased it. It was in poor condition and many of the brass and copper parts were missing. Another member of the Society, Hugh Lewis, joined Richard in financing the cost of the rebuilding, which, like all locomotive restoration, was very high.
During the course of the next three years the necessary parts were obtained and the locomotive restored to working order.
In 1986 ‘Brookfield’ was moved to the Big Pit Railway in South Wales where it was the mainstay of their passenger service.
During 1993 ‘Brookfield’ visited the Gwili and Foxfield Railways before joining ‘Empress’ at Mangapps Farm Railway Museum at Burnham on Crouch, Essex. Brookfield is currently a static exhibit awaiting major overhaul.
|Cylinders||13" x 18"|
|Wheel Diameter||2' 11"|
|Tank Capacity||600 gallons|
|Bunker Capacity||60 Cu ft|
|Heating Surface - Tubes||418 sq ft|
|- Firebox||52 sq ft|
|- Total||470 sq ft|
|Grate Area||10.25 sq ft|
|Working pressure||180 lb in2|
|Tractive Effort @85% boiler pressure||13,110 lbs|
Total Weight in working order
Below is a film posted on YouTube of Brookfield in steam on the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway in May 1992 shortly after restoration.
Locomotive Report April 2015
Brookfield has been sitting in the yard for several years now since we repaired the cylinder. Now Empress is running attention has turned on Brookfield. The tanks and cab have been removed and the boiler detubed. The boiler is soon to be lifted out of the frames but the boiler inspector has a quick look already and after discussion it has been decided the best plan is to remove the firebox as this would give best access to some areas that require attention. Once the box is out we will have a full assessment done.