MR 809A 1905-08 Dalton Main Colliery
Midland Railway Johnson '800' class 2-4-0 No. 809A. Built at Derby in September 1870 and withdrawn in August 1920 as MR No. 42. Dalton Main Colliery 0-6-0 Tank No. 4. Built by Andrew Barclay of Kilmarnock in 1904 (Works No.1021) and withdrawn in 1926.
In August 1905 at Dalton Main Colliery in Thrybergh, South Yorkshire and propelled by its load, poor No. 4 became a runaway on slippery rails. The crew were unhurt after jumping clear and the loco fell into marshy ground. The recovery effort is seen here with MR 809A pulling the colliery tank out of the morass. After repair, it gave another 21 years of service.
The wagons in the foreground are all Dalton Main Colliery PO wagons and note the wicker hamper and flagon of ale on the dumb buffer of the right hand wrecked wagon!
© Steve Armitage Collection