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'William Black' Railway Engine

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Undated. Image from the Leeds Tramways album showing 'William Black', a railway engine. Black, Hawthorn & Co. built industrial tank locomotives for works and collieries and were based in Gateshead from 1865 to 1902.

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Peter Kelly

'William Black' was an 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotive purchased from Hudswell Clarke and owned by the Leeds City Tramways department from October 1921 to August 1930. It was used in connection with the construction of the Middleton Light Railway. The Industrial Railway Society record that 'William Black' started life as the 'Contractor' and was one of two locomotives ordered from Black Hawthorn (No.1115) on 17 May 1895 by Walter Scott Ltd of Leeds who had contracts in Tyneside. The 'Contractor' passed to Sir Robert MacAlpine and Sons and about 1906 to John Scott on a contract at Birkenhead. It finished up at Hudswell Clarkes' in Leeds about 1920. When it was renamed 'William Black' is not known.


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