She is the newest addition to our stable and we have to be grateful to
our director George Phelon saw the need for the company to have another
that would take the pressure off Glen Auldyn and have a haulage
capability more on a par with Victoria.
Mouse Boiler Works were again instructed to prepare drawings and build
the locomotive that has a
strong resemblance to the Walker diesel mechanical
on the Erstwhile West Clare Railway in Ireland, The mechanical
principles are identical with Glen Audlyn except that the motive power
is a brand new Perkins 1000 series engine. Painted in John Deere
green, an as yet unnamed Frances arrived on January 5th 2000. After a period of adjustment and modification to some of the mechanical
components she settled herself in and by February found herself
featuring on a television
programme ! On the most dreadful day of gale force winds laced
with stinging rainand sleet she took part in BBC2's Clarissa and the
Countryman. On somewhat of a lesser rainy day In May
she was officially named Frances by Frances PheIon, the wife of our
B0-B0 Diesel Hydraulic Locomotive.
Power Unit: Perkins 1000 series
Transmission: Hydraulic pump, engine
driven to motors on each bogie,
supplemented by chains and sprockets so that all eight wheels are driven.
Frances is now proving to be an invaluable asset to the railway, be it
pulling passenger coaches or winter ballast trains.