30
Sep
2013

McLaren Road Locomotive 956 - Picture 2

Here is another picture of McLaren 956, from John Crawley's Traction Engines in Focus as referred to by Earle Warwick in the previous picture of the engine that I posted:

McLaren 956

Some more history of the engine. It was built in December 1907 and sold to G & J Stubley of Batley, West Yorkshire. In 1928 the engine was sold to Stephen Waddington & Sons of Leeds who converted her for showmans use and name the engine "Ben Hur". She passed to Allen Knight in 1933 and they removed the showmans fittings and used the engine for haulage of the various steam boiler they sold. The engine was finally scrapped in 1943.

This picture shows her in July 1940 leaving the Allen Knight works on Viaduct Street in the centre of Huddersfield with a 38 ton boiler for the Welsh Navigation Coal Company of Cardiff. Also visible in this shot is the shine on copper pipes as noted from the cylinder to the smokebox.

The photograph also clearly shows the works and it's position at the end of the viaduct. This area is now much more built up then when photographed here.

I believe I have a shot of this engine as a showmans somewhere, I will try and find this and post this next.

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