Published: 30-06-2015 photo #23120 0 comments 1 votes
Originally built by Sir Arthur Heywood in 1894 and named Muriel, River Irt is the oldest working 15 inch gauge locomotive in the world. It is believed she saw service at the munitions factory in Gretna (as 0-8-0T Muriel) before arriving at Ravenglass in 1917 where she was subsequently rebuilt and renamed in 1927. In 1972 she changed appearance again to a style closer to her original outline with a taller chimney, dome and cab profile, whilst retaining her power and reliability as well as her historic fabric. She still hauls heavy trains capably even though she is now over 100 years old.
This rare locomotive was photographed at the Ravensglass to Eskdale Railway, Cumbria, England in June 2015.