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Number 16 is to the same design and dimensions as sister loco 38. She was ex-works from Newcastle Works on 13th December 1957, with the works number 7944. Built as oil fired, this equipment was removed prior to delivery and she retains the removable back to her coal bunker. She was delivered to the NCB's East Cramlington shed on the former Hartley Main Colliery system, working traffic from Hartford Colliery and Nelson Drift Mine down the long line to the staiths at Percy Main on the River Tyne. The two mile branch to Dudley Colliery and the link to BR on the Blyth and Tyne line at Seghill were also worked. Here she was numbered 48 and painted in lined black livery.

By September 1958 she was at NCB Seghill Colliery, moving to NCB Seaton Delaval shed in February 1959 and back to East Cramlington around May 1959. In August 1959 she was back at Seaton Delaval, returning to East Cramlington around January 1960. She moved to NCB Bedlington A Colliery in March 1962, where she was officially renumbered 62 in 1964, but this number was never carried on the loco. In September 1971 she moved to NCB Backworth loco shed and was renumbered 16 the following day. At Bedlington, Burradon and Backworth she was registered by the Railway Executive and later the British Transport Commission as their1698 of 1953 and also for a time 1772 of 1953, to work over BR and was regularly inspected by BR. She was Fenwick Pit Pilot for a time here and when she was overhauled for the second time here and re-tyred, was repainted into the NCB Northumberland Area unlined dark blue livery with the area crest.

She was loaned to NCB Burradon sheds from July 1973 to July 1974, returning there for storage in January 1976. Whilst there she was sold to the Stephenson Hawthorn Locomotive Trust in March 1976 and returned to Backworth in February 1977. She was moved to Marley Hill in June 1980. Number16 has never been used here and is located on one of the turntable roads beside the stone shed.

Posted By Robert. Stephenson

The Rainhill Trials changed the future of rail travel – and so changed the world – forever.

Before the growth of the railways in Britain the average person was born, lived and died within a radius of 15 miles. Within 20 years of the Trials, however, a network of railways had grown and it was possible for a working man to afford to travel from the north to London.

Thousands of people from across the country descended on Rainhill, near St.Helens, to see the very best of British engineering design compete to be the winner and claim the prize money of £500 – many thousands of pounds in today’s money.



The iron-clad monsters
Stood to attention
Spurting so much smoke
That even the most ferocious
Of dragons would have turned and run.


Crowds gathered at a safe distance.
They'd heard such tales of these creatures -
That cows dropped dead
In their speedy wake;
But worse, much worse.


That they swallowed people whole
Through gaps in their sides
And swept them away
To far-off lands
Never to return.


Now here the baying beasts
Waited. Tamed and shackled
Straining to prove that they
Were the best and would
Have that place in history.


The Cyclopede ran well
At first, but faded fast.
While the Novelty sped
Quickly on, amazing watchers
Until its bellows burst.


The mighty Sanspareil
Charged on, until 'wounded'
It retired, weeping water
From a failed pump. then
Perseverance ran out of steam.


The ungainly Rocket stood proud
In victory, the judges satisfied,
Opposition defied. It moved forward
Knowing that we would
All follow on these 'right lines'.

Sue Gerrard

Posted By Robert. Stephenson

George Stephenson at St George's Hall Liverpool but what is carved here....................




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