Hudswell Clarke D1171 PBA 30 ‘Western Pride’

Hudswell Clarke D1171 was built in 1959 for the Port of Bristol Authority, where it was numbered 30 alongside the steam fleet.

Port of Bristol Authority No. 30, Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 Works No. D1171 Built 1959 awaits it’s next duty at Portishead Docks 10th June 1975. (Courtesy Chris Perkins http://transportmedia.smugmug.com/keyword/Portishead%20Docks )

After being replaced by the Sentinel diesel locomotives, D1171 was sold to the Western Fuel Co. and based at Wapping Wharf. It was used to shunt the fuel depot sidings and regularly ran trip workings to and from Ashton Meadows sidings. During this time it carried the name ‘Western Pride’.

In 1981, D1171 required heavy repairs and the BHR hired ‘Henbury’ to shunt the yard and haul coal trains for several weeks.

When the fuel depot closed, D1171 was purchased for preservation and taken to MoD Long Marston for storage. It is now undergoing restoration after several years stored in the open.

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