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At Boston Lodge 2003
Home Railway FR
Original Railway Yorkshire Water Authority
Status In service
Built by Hunslet Engine Co.
Built 1974
1993 Arrived on FR
Wheel Arrangement 4wDM
Length 10 ft 1 in
Fuel Diesel

Harold is a modern 39 hp Hunslet 4wDM (Builder's number 7195 of 1974) that arrived on the railway on 20 March 1993. It had been delivered new to the Yorkshire Water Authority (formerly Bradford Corporation Sewage Department) at North Bierley and did little work there – but enough to earn it the nickname Shitty or Shitty the Shunter on the FR. On arrival (and presumably cleaning), it was commissioned as Boston Lodge works shunter.

Harold was used briefly on WHR(C) Phase 1 construction in July/August 1997, arriving at Dinas on 19/7/97, and spent part of 2003 at work on Phase 3. During this stay it hauled the first through (inspection) train from Waunfawr to Rhyd Ddu, on 18 July 2003.

The pantograph is from the Plasser And Theurer KMX95 CM Tamper and is non working.

Following a third visit to the WHR in early 2010, Harold was delivered to Minffordd facing Blaenau, having previously faced Caernarfon. Later in the year the engine was removed following a catastrophic failure of the clutch, which resulted in parts exiting through the side of the bodywork, and into the fuel tank.

Following a period stored out of service Harold was repaired and returned to use in September 2017.[1]

Harold at Boston Lodge 2007

See also[edit]


  • Industrial Railways & Locomotives of West Yorkshire - Andrew Smith & Roy Etherington
  1. ^ https://www.facebook.com/groups/385672148111486/permalink/1857753014236718/ Post on Narrow Gauge Enthusisats Group, Facebook