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.

News for this locomotive

  • September 2015 Council meeting

    The Council met on 12 September 2015. The meeting was held at the Kirklees Light Railway, where River Mite was running at the gala. The meeting minutes have been published

  • Autumn galas

    River Mite will be visiting the Kirklees Light Railway over the weekend of 12/13 September to participate in their 10th annual steam and diesel gala. Doctor Syn is expected to be visiting


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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