On Test at Pen-y-mount, 2008
|Original Railway||Jubilee line construction|
|Built by||Hunslet Barclay, Leeds|
Emma is is one of a pair of 84hp 4wDH locomotives (the other was Kathy) built for tunnel construction work by Hunslet Barclay in Leeds (Builder's number LD9346 of 1994). Hired out by the makers, it was used by the consortium that built the Jubilee Line underground railway in London.
The locomotive arrived at Gelert's Farm in March 2003 and was not expected to be available for service for some time because a number of vital components (including a wheelset) are missing.
See The Welsh Highland site for more information.
In 2006, it was reported in "Narrow Gauge News" that the locomotive had been hired by the Hunslet Engine Co for use on an "industrial contract in south-east England". The Industrial Railway Society reported it as having been moved to LH Group Services Ltd at Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire, and from here it went in August 2006 with two similar locomotives to J Murphy & Sons Ltd for use on their Lower Lea Valley Regeneration "Olympics 2012" contract.
Emma arrived back at Gelert's Farm Works on Wednesday 19th March 2008. Work started immediatly on modifying Emma for passenger use. The most obvious difference is a pillbox cab. The control gear and braking system were also modified for its new role.
After a week of testing the Loco entered service on Thursday 17th July 2008.