On Thursday 23rd May operational 0-4-0 saddle tank ‘Eustace Forth’ arrived at the N-LR.
She is kindly on loan from the 7063 Locomotive Group and will be staying with us until the end of 2019. We hope she will see plenty of use on operating days and special events.
7063 was built in 1942 by Roberts, Stephenson and Hawthorne Ltd at their Forth Bank Works in Newcastle. She was built for working at Dunston Power Station in Gateshead.
She worked at Gateshead shunting coal waggons until saved for preservation by the Hexham Rolling Stock Group before being taken into the National Collection in 1978.
In early preservation she ran in CEGB green livery and acted as Percy in National Railway Museum Thomas the Tank Engine events.
‘Eustace’ was gifted to the 7063 Loco Group in 2014.
More recently (since the end of 2018, up until she came to the N-LR) she has been used for steam heating duties at Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.