Engine Number 015640

Supplied to Fenacre Quarry, c.1926

Sr No 015640
Trevor Hill

Engine number 015640 was built in 1926 and supplied to Fenacre Quarry in Devon.

Later in its working life the engine was moved to Tarmac Quarry at Matlock, Derbyshire.

Eventually the engine was put into preservation and is now installed at The Midland Railway Museum Butterley, Nr. Ripley, Derbyshire, where I have seen it running.

The engine is a Semi-Diesel engine with a bore of 15 1/2″ dia. x 24 ” stroke and produces approximately 85BHP.

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  • I remember seeing a similar engine, (Maybe a bit smaller) installed at Rudge Hill Quarry, Edge, Nr. Stroud, Gloucestershire. It was still running in the 1950’s. It used to drive a stone crusher, and a Liner self-filling concrete mixer for making concrete blocks. As I remember, it was painted green and had to be started with a blowlamp. It had the nameplate “Fielding” cast into the horizontal cylinder block. It was housed in a corrugated iron shed with a line-shaft running through a wall of an open fronted building adjacent to it. The last firm which operated the quarry was Smith Brothers of Whites Hill.

    Ed: Thanks, John, for your contribution. Maybe someone will be able to read your comments and add to the story! John B

    By John Burrows (21/03/2024)
  • Whilst Assistant Manager at Fenacre in 1985 I lifted the engine out along with a 1929 calendar and a drill bit furnace.

    By Viv Russell (07/10/2019)

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