Updated 16/06/09

We currently have 2 industrial diesels at KSE: Hibberd Planet 3598 and Yorkshire Engine Company 305


The Planet 0-4-0 DM arrived at KSE in February 2004.

It has had a very chequered history having been purchased new for work at Hartley Quarry in 1962 where it was named 'Elizabeth'.

In 1975, it was sold to Thomas Hills of Kilnhurst and in 1976 to Tees Storage, Middlesbrough, where it was named 'Tees Maid'. In 1992, it was sold to the Yorkshire Engine Co (YEC) for use as a hire locomotive.

It's hire history saw the engine working for Trans Manche Link at Cheriton (Channel Tunnel) 1992 & 1993. Later in 1993, it was hired to Poole Harbour Commisioners (it features in Colin Stone's book 'Rails to Poole Harbour' 2nd Edition 2007). In 1995, it was hired to United Engineering Steels (Allen Rowlands & Co Ltd) Tysley, Birmingham.

In 1976, it was sold to Hays Chemicals, Sandbach and moved to Cheshire LPG in Helsby in 1999. In 2002, it was sold to Martin Bell at Oswestry and then to Harry Needle Railroad Co in 2003 when it moved to Barrow Hill Roundhouse.

3598 is in full working order and has only required minor repairs and a repaint.


              Views of 3598 during its career

Working at Merrygill during Hartley Quarry days

 (Photo by Peter Singlehurst) top left

Working at Poole Harbour as RS58 

(Photo by Colin Stone) above

Undergoing maintenance work at KSE opposite

The Industrial Railway Society website has an interesting article on the FC Hibberd works.


Our other industrial diesel is an 0-4-0 DH No305 which was manufactured by YEC and donated for use at KSE by CorusRail at Workington in 2007. It is in full working order and work is ongoing to restore it's bodywork and repaint it.

Update 16th June 2009 - the repaint is going well and much of the locomotive is now in Brunswick Green. Work has also started to restore the cab interior.

Update 28th February 2009work is progressing steadily, but the weather at KSE makes things challenging at times.


YEC DH No 305 tipping molten slag into the pits at the Derwent blast furnaces

(Photo courtesy Edwin George: Corus Rail


305 soon after arrival at KSE

YEC - A Brief History

YEC was a small independent locomotive manufacturer in Sheffield, Yorkshire, and was established in 1865. Steam locomotives were built from 1865 - 1956 and diesel locomotives from 1950 - 1965.

YEC produced 0-4-0 STs and 0-6-0STs for the UK market and their main customers were collieries and steelworks of Yorkshire. They also provided 5 narrow gauge locomotives for the Lodge Hill and Upnor Railway and a military railway in Kent. In the 1890s, they began supplying railways in Chile, Peru and India.

They built a number of locomotives for the GNR, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and the GER, the Metropolitian Railway mainline to Aylesbuy, the LNER, GWR and BR. They also built narrow gauge locomotives for the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. 

A brief sojourn into motor car manufacture in 1907 was unsuccessful.

The business was bought by United Steel Companies Ltd (USC) in 1948. In the 1950s, they started to manufacture diesel electric locomotives. They subsequently developed their diesel hydraulic locomotives built with Rolls Royce engines. These locomotives had a 1800rpm engine which was fast for the time. None of these locomotives were given a class / type, but several were given names. YEC DH locomotives were demonstrated or given trials on BR between 1956 - 1963, but their major role was as industrial locomotives in the UK.

Locomotive construction ended in 1965 and the rights to the YEC designs were sold to Rolls Royce 'Sentinal Division' at Shrewsbury who had previously supplied a high proportion of the diesel engines used by YEC (including No305). In 1971, Rolls Royce stopped all locomotive work and the YEC design was passed to Thomas Hill at Kilnhurst near Rotherham.

In 1988, the name 'Yorkshire Engine Company' was re-registered as a business hiring industrial locomotives (see Planet 3598 above) and rebuilding / re-engineering locomotives. YEC went into receivership in 2001 and ceased trading.

References: The Industrial Railway Society, One man's Railway JB Snell 1983, Yorkshire Engine Co publications.

The album below contains a selection of photos showing the work being undertaken on the 'Yorkshire Engine'.


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