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Kerr Stuart 0-4-0 saddle tank built 1920, number 4127 "Moss Bay"

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A locally built locomotive, produced by Kerr Stuart & Co Ltd of Stoke-on-Trent to a design which dated back to 1899 when a prototype 0-4-0ST was ordered by the Moss Bay Haematite Iron & Steel Co Ltd of Workington in Cumbria. The class, and indeed this locomotive, took their name from this original customer. "Moss Bay" worked at Waddon Marsh Gasworks in Croydon and was preserved by Staffordshire County Council as an example of local engineering. It was moved initially for display at Shugborough Hall County Museum, but when a decision was taken to disperse railway relics to more appropriate sites "Moss Bay" came to Foxfield on loan in 1984.
 
The locomotive is currently on permanent display in the museum building at Caverswall Road station, where is it a popular exhibit as an open footplate, accessible from a flight of steps. Here visitors, especially children, can get the driver's eye view from a loco cab, pull all the levers and even open the firedoors. A board on a nearby wall explains all the controls.
 

Above: "Moss Bay" at Whaddon March Gasworks in 1960 [late HB Holland collection]

 
Below: The nameplate on "Moss Bay"

 

 
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