Marley Hill Shed
Marley Hill shed is cliamed to be the oldest surviving working locomotive shed in the world, dating from the mid-19th century.Thirty three locomotives are believed to have worked at the shed over a period of about 120 years. During the first 20 years most of the locos were tender engines, subsequently replaced by more standard saddle tank and side tank types. During the latter NCB days there were four loco duties shared between two Austerity-type 0-6-0STs (mainline jobs), two Barclay 0-4-0STs (Burnopfield Colliery shunt) and two Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0STs (Marley Hill and Blackburn Fell duties). Transferring straight into preservation, the shed claims an unbroken history of steam activity, and the atmospheric shed remains in an unrivalled workaday condition. Currently out of use 'Austerity' 0-6-0 saddle tank 49 (Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn, Newcastle, 7098 built in 1943) and LNER 'Y7' class 0-4-0 tank No.985 (ex-BR 68088) complete the scene on 8th September 2012.
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