Lottery-funded Brookes No. 1 debuts in Leeds


THE Middleton Railway’s Hunslet 0-6-0ST Brookes No. 1 made its post-overhaul passenger debut on August 28, effectively marking the culmination of its Heritage Lottery-funded purchase and overhaul.

The project has taken a little more than four years to complete, starting in April 2013 when the
1941-built loco (W/No. 2387) was dismantled at Moor Road.

Middleton Railway’s Hunslet 0-6-0ST Brookes No. 1 stands on shed at Moor Road on August 28 resplendent in its new lined livery. ANDREW DENNISON

Brookes No. 1 had received an all-new boiler back in 1999, giving the overhaul a significant head start as it required little more than a re-tube in order to obtain a new boiler certificate.

Article continues below…

Enjoy more Railway reading in the monthly magazine.
Click here to subscribe & save.

De-tubing was carried out in the summer of 2013, and the boiler completed three years later.

Much of the early stripping of the locomotive was completed outside, but in the summer of 2014 the rolling chassis was taken into the workshops for the wheels to be dropped.

Read more in the October issue of The RM – on sale now!

Article continues below…

Subscribe to The Railway Magazine
Enjoy more of The Railway Magazine reading every month. Click here to subscribe.

Railway Reads

From the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.

Article Tags:

About the Author