TH-186V MR.D

Thomas Hill Vanguard, Works Number 186V built in 1967.

This popular diesel hydraulic locomotive was supplied new on the 22nd August 1967 as a simple workaday shunter for use in the cement industry where it replaced ageing steam locomotives. After long service at Barrington Cement Works and Quarry the loco was given the poignant task of hauling the last load of quarried material out of Barrington Quarry on 25th February 2005. This was the last standard gauge quarry railway working in Britain and its demise effectively brought the final curtain down on nearly 200 years of industrial history – a small commemorative plaque to that effect is now carried by the loco.

To reflect its historical significance, the owners RMC Rugby Cement donated the loco to the Museum where an overhaul and restoration was carried out. The loco now carries nameplates Mr D – referring to John Drayton MBE, the railway & quarry manager at Barrington who championed the quarry railway system long after others had converted to conveyor belts and road haulage and who has been supportive of our project to preserve this industrial heritage.

MR.D is usually operational at the museum and will re-enter use following some repairs.