Andrew Barclay - No.3 “Brian Harrison” - Overhaul

The Association’s steam locomotive “Brian Harrison” No.3 has been withdrawn from traffic to begin its 10-year overhaul following the expiration of its boiler certificate. This is the first steam locomotive which was restored and operated by the Association.


Its brother locomotive "Henry Ellison" is currently the only steam locomotive which is operational that is looked after by the Association which performs brake van rides and driver experiences on the Ravenstor incline at weekends.


The Association would like to return this reliable locomotive to service as soon as possible.

Current Overhaul Progress

The locomotive had been stripped down with all the cab controls, clack valves and external piping being removed. The water tank and cab roof have been lifted off to allow the boiler to be removed.


The boiler was sent to an external contractor which has done the necessary repairs for it to operate for another 10 years.

The boiler has been returned to the railway and has been reintegrated with the chassis at Wirksworth. The boiler has been upgraded to operate at a maximum of 180 psi from its 160 psi working pressure prior to its overhaul. The rest of the locomotive has been inspected for wear and is now being reassembled.


The boiler clothing has been given a fresh coat of paint and the regulator valve in the steam dome has been stripped down, ground in and reassembled. This should prevent any steam leaks which has been a problem prior to its overhaul.

The water tank and cab roof have now been reintegrated with the rest of the locomotive. The cab roof has now been installed with a roof hatch which will provide additional ventilation for the loco crew on operating days.

All that remains is the rest of the pipework and components to be refitted. Once this is complete a live steam test and trial run will need to be conducted before it is fit for service. It is hoped that the locomotive will be back in service before the end of 2021.


These small steam locomotives were built at the Caledonia Works, Kilmarnock, of Andrew Barclays and Sons Ltd in Scotland. They are 0-4-0 wheel arrangement saddle tank engines (meaning the water tank is on top and around the boiler).


“No 3: Brian Harrison” spent its working life at the Central Electricity Generating Board‟s Power Station at Ferrybridge near Knottingly in Yorkshire, a period of some 16 years, before being replaced in about 1970 by diesel engines. Brian Harrison was despatched to store at Tinsley in Sheffield it remained for some 35 years until being acquired on a long-term loan by the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association, who have agreed to restore it.


There are a large number of this type of locomotive in preservation, in particular with the Ayrshire Railway Preservation Society, the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, Bowes Railway, East Anglian Railway Museum, Buckingham Railway Society etc.

Brian Harrison had been kept under cover and its livery is intact. It has been restored to working order with the passing of its boiler certificate in 2009 and entering traffic in early 2010.


It has now been withdrawn again at the end of her 10-year ticket with a view to doing the work necessary to bring it back into traffic once again.

No.3 Brian Harrison Steam Locomotive Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Association

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