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Month: March 2014

WR5 Battery Locomotive runs again ?>

WR5 Battery Locomotive runs again

Running down the incline
WR5 locomotive Running down the incline at Clearwell

Wingrove & Rogers Ltd works number L1009 was built in 1981, an 0-4-0BE of Type WR5, quoted in IRS handbook ‘Industrial Railways and Locomotives of South Western England’ as of 5hp, but the motor is clearly marked 4hp. After a number of owners it pitched up at Clearwell Caves. Some time later, the battery failed and was scrapped. It then remained out of use for at least 5 years until it moved again under the power of four 12-volt batteries on 9th March 2014. It will be a useful addition for light loads at Lea Bailey in due course but for the time being will remain at Clearwell.