Hunslet 0-6-0DH 6295
Hunslet had traditionally manufactured much of their early diesel locomotives 'in house' when it came to transmissions, and in consequence had much to lose when the Twin Disc torque converter became the ubiquitous replacement for large change-speed boxes. Consequently it was not until 1964/5 that Hunslet finally produced their first 'modern' design of loco incorporating the Rolls-Royce engine/Twin Disc converter to compete with Sentinel. The first two, 6294 and 6295, were built at 40tons to the order of Snibston colliery at Coalville. Subsequently the design, in 0-4-0, 0-6-0 and 0-8-0 configurations, Rolls-Royce or Cummins power units, continued in manufacture from Leeds for over a quarter century.
When Snibston (as a colliery) closed, the locos went to C F Booth's but were later acquired by RMS Locotec as hire locos. H005 (6295) continued as such to around 2012/3 when it suffered a smashed flywheel housing whille on contract at the Trostre Tinplate works of Tata in South Wales, and was temporarily used as a 'Christmas Tree' of parts for 2 other Hunslets (H015 and H032) still in operation. Subsequently H005 was hauled to Wolsingham on the Weardale Railway for assessment.
Andrew inspected the loco formally on the 20th November 2017, his offer being accepted for it to move into the collection as a prime example of a succesful design by one of the most established industrial loco builders in the UK
Collection of the locomotive finally took place in November 2018, the loco being towed to Darley Dale with a specially-manufactured fixed bar coupler as it had no buffers. Restoration is not anticipated in the short term.