The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Preservation Society

River Mite


  • Built: 1966
  • Builder: Clarksons, York
  • Wheels: 2-8-2
  • Cylinders: 8½” x 6″
  • Driving wheels: 18¼”
  • Length: 22′ 6″
  • Width: 3′ 3″


River Mite is owned by the Preservation Society which raised funds for its construction in the 1960s. The 0-8-0 frames from the former Poultney steam tender chassis from River Esk were used as the basis of the new locomotive. The locomotive made history by being delivered across the Pennines by traction engine Providence on 3 December 1966 and was commissioned on 20 May 1967.  Since then, it has been on permanent hire to the Railway Company.

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