The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society

Douglas Ferreira


  • Built: 2005
  • Last overhauled: 2018, Forth Engineering, Workington
  • Builder: TMA Engineering, Birmingham
  • Wheel arrangement: Bo-Bo
  • Engine: Perkins 4-cylinder 4.4 litre turbocharged, 125 h.p.
  • Transmission: Hydraulic using Linde components


Douglas Ferreira was built for the Preservation Society in 2005 by TMA Engineering Ltd of Birmingham. It was commissioned and named on Sunday 24 July 2005 and since then has been the mainstay of the diesel fleet, commonly hauling four trips per day for much of the season. The lomomotive is owned by the Preservation Society and leased to the Railway Company. It is named after the first general manager of the railway under preservation.

Its design represents the development of the original Lady Wakefield concept, including subsequent developments from the Romney diesels. It has a twin cab body giving good visibility in both directions. The bogie chassis has worm boxes on each axle all coupled by shafts, providing power to all wheels.

The Perkins four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine is more compact yet provides more power than used hitherto, and meets current and known future emissions requirements.  A Linde hydraulic transmission allows the engine to be centrally located and the mechanical elements isolated behind a bulkhead to protect them from road dirt.

The direction is selected electronically and throttle/transmission speed is controlled by a single lever.  The braking system has a common loco/train brake with a separate air-off/spring-on parking brake.

News for this locomotive

  • Locomotives: a summer summary

    The following update is reproduced from the R&ER Magazine number 218, September 2015. River Irt River Irt: has seen heavy use in traffic but lost a few days at the outset

  • Locomotives update

    River Mite River Mite failed in service last Saturday, 21 June, with a regulator stuck open going up Mill Wood on the 11.25. She was pushed into Miteside loop by


Articles about this locomotive

  • Locomotive mileages 2015

    Mileages to 31st December 2014 were as follows: Steam 2014 2013 + / – River Irt 6,534½ 0 +6,534½ River Esk 0 0 N/A River Mite 6,246½ 3,128 +3,118½ Northern

  • Engineering Report

    From Magazine 210, September 2013 On 28th March 2013, a fire ripped through the engineering workshop in Ravenglass, destroying the building. Tools and locomotive parts were in the building at


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