Chadderton Goods Branch

NEWS & UPDATES - 14/08/2021 Photos added to the BR Full & Empty Wagon Working section. 06/01/2021 A Link to Alan Roach's Youtube video of Middleton Junction Signal Box added. This is in the Middleton Junction & Vitriol section. 30/12/2020 - Loco working details updated. 22/12/2020 - No updates for a while but hopefully more to come in 2021. In the photo section for the Industrial Shunter there is a YouTube link. I you look at 2:58 in the video you will see a familar sight.

Thomas Hill Industrial Shunter

The coal yard at Chadderton was shunted by a Thomas Hill, Vanguard, powered by a Rolls Royce engine. This loco was possibly converted from a vertical boilered Sentinal steam loco. The loco remained on site after the coal yard had closed and was eventually bought for £200. It first moved to Steamtown in Carnforth, and later moved to Steamport in Southport. It is though it was used for spares for another Vanguard, at Southport called "Sefton" and the remains cut up for scrap.

Chadderton Goods Vanguard shunter during its orange phase, and before the shutters were required. 23 July 1982. © Geoff Jones 2015
Thomas Hill Vanguard Shunter at Chadderton Goods in 1984. © Allan Roach 2015
The shunter was normally stabled here, usually out of sight behind Beaufort Air Sea Equipment. The Thomas Hill / Rolls Royce, Vanguard shunter parked on the third siding at the British Fuel Depot. Photographed in 1987. © Chris Bruce 2012
Shuttered up Thomas Hill Shunter. Photographed in 1987. © Chris Bruce 2012
Shunter empties two HEA hoppers over the conveyor drop. © Chris Bruce 2012
Thomas Hill Vanguard Shunter out of use at Chadderton Goods. © Allan Roach 2015
Shunter photographed in 1991. © Chris Bruce 2012
Awaiting the scrap man? Photographed in 1991. © Chris Bruce 2012
Cab door left open. 1991. © Chris Bruce 2012

Below is a link to a video of Steamport in 1996. At 2 minute and 58 seconds in, there is a brief glimpse of the Chadderton Goods shunter.

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