Once a powerful symbol of industrial might, Andrew Barclay 2157 locomotive now stands as a testament to resilience and the spirit of preservation. Born in the depths of World War II, it was crafted by the skilled hands of Andrew Barclay Sons & Co in 1943, commissioned by the Ministry of Supply to serve at a Royal Ordnance Factory.
For years, this majestic machine faithfully fulfilled its duty, first as an oil burner, serving in the heart of Thorp Arch Factory near Harrogate. From there, it ventured into the depths of other ordnance factories, ensuring the relentless production of munitions for the Army and the Royal Air Force.
In a twist of fate, the locomotive found itself under new ownership—the Fife Coal Company. With determination, Andrew Barclay converted it into a coal-burning workhorse, ready to tackle the challenges of a different industry. Comrie Colliery in Fife became its new home in November 1946, followed by various collieries in the area. The National Coal Board recognised its prowess, and it continued its invaluable service under their banner.
Alas, the passage of time caught up with our hero, and in 1972, it was forced into retirement. The future seemed grim as the vultures of scrap metal circled, eyeing their next prey. The locomotive was sold for scrap in 1977, a fate seemingly sealed by the hands of Thomas Muir scrap Merchants.
Yet, destiny had other plans. In 1996, the locomotive found itself at the doorstep of Thomas Muir Haulage & Metals Ltd, and from there, it embarked on a remarkable journey of resurrection. Cadman (Staffordshire locomotives) recognised its hidden potential, acquiring it in the same year, only to pass it into the caring hands of J&H Parry & Sons Ltd in Astley, Shrewsbury.
Then, a beacon of hope emerged. In August 1999, two passionate supporters of the Mangapps Farm Railway came forward, championing the cause of preservation. Against all odds, they transported the ailing locomotive to Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex, where a magnificent restoration took place. Once again, the Andrew Barclay 2157 locomotive roared to life, traversing the Mangapps Farm Railway with pride and purpose.
Now, a new chapter begins. This resilient engine, now owned by the Bristol & Somerset Locomotive Company Limited, has found itself in new capable hands where a dedicated team diligently work to breathe new life into the locomotive, conducting a comprehensive overhaul that includes substantial boiler work.
But we need your help to complete this grand endeavor. By donating towards the overhaul of the Andrew Barclay 2157, you become a part of its rich history and contribute to the preservation of an iconic piece of our industrial heritage. Every contribution brings us closer to seeing this majestic machine return to its former glory, once again steaming along the tracks, reminding us of the power of human ingenuity and our duty to honour the past.
Join us in this noble cause and be a part of the extraordinary journey to restore the Andrew Barclay 2157 locomotive. Together, we can ensure its legacy lives on for generations to come.
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