RMS Locotec – H048 ‘Bertie’

H048 Bertie at Dumbells Row, September 2010

Builder: Ruston and Hornsby
Build Number: 281290
Built: 1949
Power Unit: 150 h.p. Gardner LW6A 6-cylinder Diesel Engine
Classification: 6WDM Class 100-DL Diesel-Mechanical
Current Number: H048
Name: Bertie

Current Status/Location: Undergoing Overhaul, Wolsingham, Weardale Railway.
Year Last Operated: 2010?
Livery: RMS Locotec Blue

History: Bertie was one of a pair originally built for the Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers in 1949, working in the Ufton Lime pits in Warwickshire. The loco was later moved to Kilvington Gypsum in Nottinghamshire, where it worked until the quarry closed in 1984. It was then donated to the Northamptionshire Locomotive Group and arrived at the Irchester Narrow Gauge Museum later that year in December.

It arrived on the M.E.R in February 2006 on loan to RMS Locotec as part of their growing permanent way fleet on the line, and given the number H048. Although strictly a works engine, it appeared in 2008 on passenger workings between Laxey and Dhoon Quarry, hauling Trailer No.62. ‘Bertie’ left the M.E.R in late 2010, and is currently undergoing overhaul at Wolsingham on the Weardale Railway.

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