Barclay No.719

Barclay No.719 ‘Injebreck’ at West Baldwin. © iMuseum

Builder: Andrew Barclay, Kilmarnock
Build Number: 719
Built: 1892
Classification: 0-4-0ST
Number: No.3

Current Status/Location: Scrapped, late 1930s.
Livery: Lined Green

Year Visited: February 1898 – January 1901

History: No. 719 was built in 1892 by Andrew Barclay for ‘Morrison and Mason’, contractors based out of Glasgow, being delivered on the 27th of June and initially used on a reservoir construction contract at Craigmaddie, just north of Glasgow.

In February 1898, No.719 was purchased by the Isle of Man Tramways and Electric Power Company for the extension works to Ballure and Ramsey from Laxey, and was used until the completion of the work in 1899. The locomotive is believed to have been numbered No.3 at this time, following on from the other steam locomotives used in the lines construction – Manx Northern Railway No.1 and Isle of Man Railway No.2 “Derby”. Spare parts are recorded to have been shipped to Laxey in July, August and October 1898.

During the liquidation of the IoMT&EPCo, No.719 was purchased alongside 45 wagons in October 1900 by the Douglas Corporation for the West Baldwin Reservoir Railway for £350. It was demonstrated in December to the Water Committee, hauling a passenger train (consisting of two of the wagons) between Derby Castle and Laxey, the last until the December 1991 trials. It was moved to West Baldwin in January 1901, remaining there until March 1904 and running as Douglas Corporation No.1.

It was again resold to W & J Foster of Liverpool (along with 12 Wagons) for £265, leaving the Isle of Man during June 1904.

The locomotive then worked at several places until its withdrawal and subsequent scrapping in the late 1930s:

  • Ogden Reservoir construction, Haslingden Grane, Lancashire – June 1904 to 1910.
  • Delph Reservoir construction, Bolton, Lancashire – 1910 to 1916
  • Ministry of Munitions – site unknown – 1916 to c.1924
  • Camps Reservoir construction, Lanark, South Lanarkshire – 1925 to c.1932
  • Hopes Reservoir construction, East Lothian, 1933 to c. late 1930s.

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