Middleton mines engine was not what it seemed

THE Middleton Railway has discovered that it has had an imposter in its midst for many years.

Ever since the industrial railway’s Engine House museum opened in 2007, a small 4wDM , on loan from the National Coal Mining Museum at the site of Caphouse colliery, has been on display

HE6273 was built in 1965 as a diesel-mechanical locomotive and was a standard Hunslet product, except it was fitted with a round-roofed cab at some stage in its career.

The mines locomotive in the Engine House museum at the Middleton Railway has had its true identity revealed MRT

However, early last year, former Hunslet worker Roger Walton produced a photocopy of Hunslet’s build catalogue, which showed the build details of its works number 6273 – and that locomotive was built as
a diesel-hydraulic!

However, the museum’s No. 6273 clearly had mechanical transmission and it did not show any signs of having been modified from a hydraulic transmission. So the railway was left with a mystery on its hands – exactly what was the locomotive in its museum?

Basic research by member Steve Roberts showed Caphouse had a pair of diesels, one of each type.

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