Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST no.705
705 on brakevan rides in the yard
Credit: J.Cobb, 27/05/2000
|Company: Andrew Barclay|
|Built by: Andrew Barclay Sons & Co.Ltd., Caledonia Works, Kilmarnock|
|Status: In service|
|Other numbers: 2047|
No. 705 was built by in 1937 as No. 2047 by Andrew Barclay & Sons Co. Ltd at the Caledonia works in Kilmarnock. It was built for the South of Scotland Electricity Company and was used at the Yoker power station near Glasgow, where it spent its entire working life.
After being withdrawn from service, it was eventually sold in the early 1980's to a company hoping to restore a railway line in the Orkney islands. After that project failed to materialise, it was purchased by Mr. N.Jeary in 1991 and bought to Cranmore.
A number of similar locomotive were used by the Swansea Harbour Trust, and so taken into GWR ownership in 1923 and some survived into BR ownership. Therefore, No. 705 was restored in a fictitious GWR guise and was numbered 705, this number being the next vacant number in the range used by the GWR for this type of engine. No. 705 underwent boiler repairs in the summer of 1994 at Cranmore Workshop and was regularly used on off-peak services and footplate experience courses.
In late 1998, No. 705 was withdrawn from traffic again for further boiler repairs. It re-entered traffic in May 2000, in a fictitious BR Black livery in May 2000.