The Hunslet Diesels
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( ) RWS
( 686 mm, narrow gauge)
Hunslet Engine Company
The Hunslet Diesels were two narrow gauge diesel engines, formerly owned by the National Coal Board.
These diesel engines were designed and built by the Hunslet Engine Company. They worked for the
National Coal Board on the Mainland. By the 1980s, the two diesels became worn-out, so the Skarloey Railway purchased them.
They were transferred to the
Island of Sodor, and dismantled at Crovan's Gate Works. By using the best parts from both engines, Fred was constructed in 1989. He was put into service as a secondary diesel (to Rusty) and used exclusively for maintenance and engineering work.
These engines are based on narrow gauge diesels designed and built by the Hunslet Engine Company. Individual examples of some of these diesel types have been preserved on heritage railways throughout the UK.
Fred's basis, "
Alf" of the Talyllyn Railway, was also built out of parts from another Hunslet diesel engine in the 1950s. The remains of the spare engine have since been stored at Brynglas level crossing/railway station.
The remains of the diesel stored at Brynglas
* | RWS only ** only T&F
Skarloey | Rheneas | Sir Handel | Peter Sam | Duncan | Duke | Ivo Hugh* | Bertram** | Mighty Mac** | Freddie** | Luke**
Rusty | Fred* | The Hunslet Diesels*
The Ghost Engine** | Proteus**
Agnes, Ruth, Lucy and Jemima* | Gertrude and Millicent* | Ada, Jane and Mabel* | Saloon Coaches* | Coaches** | Refreshment Coach**
Trucks | Slate Trucks | Gunpowder Vans** | Quarry Trucks** | Flatbeds* | Conflats | Well Wagons** | Slab Wagons** | V Tipper Trucks*
Beatrice* | Cora* | Brake Vans | SR Breakdown Train** | The "Weedkiller"* | Art Transporters* | The Sleigh Wagon*
Madge** | Colin** | Merrick** | Owen**
The Owner (* | ) Sir Handel Brown I, Sir Handel Brown II The Thin Controller (* | ) Mr. Mack, Mr. Robert Sam, Mr. Peter Sam, Mr. Roger Sam Mr. Hugh (* | ) David Hugh I, Ivo Hugh, David Hugh II Sir Topham Hatt** | Mr. Percival**
Crovan's Gate ( | ) Engine Sheds Cros-ny-Cuirn | Glennock | Rheneas ( | ) Viaduct, Tunnel Lakeside | Skarloey ( | ) Slate Quarry The Depot** | Bluebell Valley** | Valley View** | Sodor Castle** | Standard and Narrow Gauge Tunnel Runby** | Old Iron Bridge** | Tea Room Station** | Mountain Village Station** | Blue Mountain Quarry** | Strawberry Grove** | Rumblin Bridge** | Elephant Park** | Boulder Quarry** | The Old Wooden Bridge** | Ulfstead Castle** | Sodor Steamworks** | The Transfer Yards** | The Wharf** | Skarloey Coal Yard** | Green Hills Junction** | The Old Trestle Bridge | Culdee Fell (** | ) Caves, Hill Middle Station | Vicarstown Goods Yard