‘Yankee Tanks’ arrive at Somerset & Dorset

USA-type 0-6-0T No 30075
A pair of ‘Yankee Tanks’ have taken up residence on Somerset & Dorset
Published Mon, 2016-01-25 10:52

Yugoslavian-built USA-type 0-6-0T No 30075 has been out of service since its withdrawal from the Mid-Hants Railway in 2010.




USA-type 0-6-0T No 30075 © Tony Hisgett - Creative Commons Licence

The Somerset & Dorset Railway welcomed two new additions to the line last week with the arrival of two ‘Yankee Tanks’.

Nos. 30075 and 30076 arrived at Shillingstone on 20 January, and will be the second and third locos to be permanently based out of the station, after the owners’ struck a deal with the North Dorset Railway Trust in November last year.

The loco was moved from the Great Central Railway in Nottingham, where it has been on display since 2014. It will undergo full overhaul and repairs to its firebox at Shillingstone, with plans to have the locomotive fully operational for the 50th anniversary of the railway’s closure in March. No 30076, has recently been rebuilt from No 62-521.

The Yugoslav Class 62 ‘Yankee Tank’ locomotives are a post-war European development of the World War 2 USATC ‘S100’ class 0-6-0T designed by Colonel Howard G. Hill.

A number of the US-built locomotives saw service in the UK; after World War 2 these included 14 on the Southern Railway for use at Southampton Docks plus a number in industrial service with Austin Motors/BMC at Longbridge, the National Coal Board and on the Longmoor Military Railway.

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