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Philip Marshall

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30" gauge Hunslets in Sierra Leone
« on: May 26, 2015, 12:48:28 AM »
There is an interesting short news piece on the BBC website about a set of 30" gauge Hunslet locomotives in Sierra Leone in west Africa that are being preserved as the beginning of that country's first and only railroad museum:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32863498

"Sometimes with steam, the nicest things come in the smallest sizes."

(I find it odd that they never mention the name Hunslet, but there are several clear shots of builders plates so it's clear what locomotive builder they're referring to.)

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Re: 30" gauge Hunslets in Sierra Leone
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2015, 11:58:47 AM »
That's interesting, I hope the endeavor succeeds.  Thanks for the link Philip. 

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Re: 30" gauge Hunslets in Sierra Leone
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2015, 01:02:53 PM »

(I find it odd that they never mention the name Hunslet, but there are several clear shots of builders plates so it's clear what locomotive builder they're referring to.)

-Philip Marshall

They aren't all Hunslets, the diesels were built by Hudswell, Clarke, also of Leeds, and the one being painted green a short way in to the video is a Garratt, built by Beyer, Peacock in Manchester. One of the Hunslet 2-6-2 tanks was bought by the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway in Wales in 1975, after the SLGR had closed.
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Re: 30" gauge Hunslets in Sierra Leone
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2015, 05:32:44 PM »
Yes, you're quite right. Thanks, John.