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The Association’s steam locomotive “Brian Harrison” No.3 has been withdrawn from traffic to begin its 10-year overhaul following the expiration of its boiler certificate.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 to cover the demands of the 2020 season.


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 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.


She has now been withdrawn again at the end of her 10 year ticket with a view to doing work necessary to bring her back into traffic once again.

Current Overhaul Progress

The locomotive has 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 has been sent away to an external contractor for the necessary boiler repairs to take place. The rest of the locomotive remains at Wirksworth where it is being given a though clean after nearly ten years of service. The components which make up the external motion and internal Stephenson's valve gear will be inspected to determine if any repair work is required.

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Registered Address: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Association,  Wirksworth Station, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. DE4 4FB. 01629 823076. © 2020

No.3 Chassis at Wirksworth. Photo Credit: Nathan Cooke