The Society will be able to operate the railway even in times of total fire ban with the arrival of a Ruston 20DL diesel locomotive. The new engine will complement our existing Krauss steam locomotive which runs the first weekend of every month, as well as for shunting duties. Chris Martin says that this acquisition will allow the society to run two trains at times of peak demand.
The Ruston, with a sloping engine cowling, was constructed in 1945 as one of a batch of two foot gauge engines built in Lincoln for the British Ministry of Supply.
The Ruston did not serve in the war but was reconditioned before being sent to Ruston and Hornsby in Australia for resale. It was then sold to the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works where it was used for water storage construction projects before being sold to Cornwall Coal Co in Fingal Valley.
The Ruston has been donated to the Sheffield Steam and Heritage Centre from Don River Railway and trucked by volunteers to Sheffield on Friday February 29 following the replacement of its diesel motor.
“The restored Dulverton Railway Station will grace an island platform, which recently gained council planning approval, allowing the two trains to pass each other in complete safety.”Chris Martin said.
The Ruston will be on display at SteamFest.