Andrew Barclay, Son & Co 0-4-0 Saddle tank 2258 ‘Tiny’

A standard Andrew Barclay product

Barclay’s industrial locomotives were renowned for being reliable, hard working, if not exactly aesthetically pleasing, machines and ‘Tiny’, with only a few embellishments, is a typical example of the smaller standard gauge engines that the Kilmarnock works produced.

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For over 20 years, ‘R. Walker’ as it was known, plied its humble trade, unnoticed by Mancunians, shunting wagons in the North West Gas Board works on Bradford Road, Manchester


Data File

Built: 1949 Kilmarnock
Boiler Pressure: 160 psi
Tractive Effort: 10,307 lbf
Weight 22¼ tons
Valve Gear: Stephenson
Cylinders: 12”x20″ Outside
Numbers carried during working career: 2258, ‘R. Walker’


This small locomotive was constructed at the Caledonia Works of Andrew Barclay who constructed over 2,000 locomotives between 1859 and 1962. Being one of the largest suppliers to industrial clients, it meant that wherever you were in the United Kingdom you were almost guaranteed to find one of Andrew Barclay’s products at work.

‘Tiny’ was supplied new in 1949 to the North Western Gas Board at their Bradford Road Gas Works in Manchester. Here the engine was named ‘R. Walker’. In 1970 the engine was kindly donated by the North Western Gas Board to the Bahamas Locomotive Society. The engine’s name at this point was changed to ‘Tiny’ and it was employed on shunting and brake-van rides at the Dinting Railway Centre.

‘Tiny’ arrived on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway during 1990 with the rest of the Bahamas Locomotive Society collection, having the honour of being the last engine to leave the site. Steamed occasionally at Ingrow, ‘Tiny’ was retired to the shed when its boiler certificate expired in 1991.