Ruston & Hornsby 88DS 0-4-0 No. 2
Photographed in the locomotive shed sidings near Shackerstone station on the Battlefield Line, on 19 March 2011.
Built by Ruston & Hornsby Ltd., Lincoln, in 1949, Makers No. 263001; Ruston 4VPH engine, 88HP; chain drive; Weight 20 tons.
This standard 88DS class locomotive was ordered for use at power stations under construction by the British Electricity Authority. It was so used at Carmarthen Bay power station in South Wales and at Staythorpe in Notts. where it remained as an operating loco when construction was complete. Being the smallest loco there, it was little used and on 13th November 1983, it came to Shackerstone. It suffered from a gearbox problem and saw little use until 1999. This design perhaps more than any other, established Ruston in the small diesel shunter market after the war. Simple, thoroughly reliable and above all else cheap, they replaced many small steam locos and the class eventually totalled 254 examples built between 1943 and 1967. This loco may have been christened 'Nancy', but no-one is quite sure!
My father worked for Rustons in Lincoln after leaving the RAF in 1955, and could well, in his job as an inspector at the plant seen many of this type of locomotive.
Picture added on 08 April 2011 at 15:49