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Lady Wakefield


  • Built: 1980
  • Builder: Ravenglass workshops
  • Wheels: Bo-Bo
  • Type: Diesel/hydraulic 112 h.p.
  • Length: 17′ 2½”
  • Width: 3′ 9½”


Lady Wakefield is named after the wife of the former chairman of the Railway Company. It was designed and built at the Ravenglass workshops. Construction began in 1978 and the locomotive was commissioned in August 1980. The power unit is a Perkins diesel engine. A twin disc hydraulic transmission drives both bogies with chain-coupled wheels.

The cab is independent of the bonnet and mounted on rubber for a quiet driving position.  The American-style hooded design gives good all-round vision, although the locomotive is usually run cab-first for best visibility.

The locomotive went for trials on the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway in October 1980 to demonstrate that a single diesel loco could haul the 16-coach school train.  The design was used as the basis for the new locos, John Southland and No. 14.


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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