Andrew Barclay & Sons Ltd., Works Number 2350 built in 1954
Stewarts & Lloyds (Minerals) Ltd., Woolsthorpe Quarries, Leicestershire.
Delivered new on 11th January 1954, this loco was a long time resident of the historic Harston locomotive shed which stood at the heart of the picturesque Woolsthorpe by Belvoir Ironstone Quarry system.
Of a type which became almost a “standard” design on the Buckminster, Market Overton and Woolsthorpe systems, this locomotive saw out an uneventful and surprisingly short industrial life entirely at Harston.
In the initial days of preservation projects in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s a number of ironstone locos were sold by a willing management for further use in preservation. BELVOIR was one of the lucky few and left Harston in January 1972 for the Chapel & Wakes Colne Railway Museum in Essex. After working for a number of years and a period in store the private owner donated the loco to the museum with the intention that we will restore it to operational condition in due course as one of our larger ironstone quarry locomotive exhibits.
The loco is currently stored on display pending the commencement of restoration whilst we look to source a number of missing boiler fittings.