society has enjoyed varied success over the years and sought to progress
further. In this we have recreated our 5" gauge ride on miniature
railway, Corby West Glebe Miniature Railway, and increased the
associated facilities. Recent years have seen the premises open to the
public with various events.
2020 now sees the society presented with a new challenge which could
dictate the future of the society in its present form. We have proved to
be rather resilient and look forward to the challenge.
For a number of years in the 1970s, a locomotive was kept
at the C&DMRS site, before moving onto a number of preservation sites.
It is believed that the locomotive (Stewarts & Lloyds № 24) is currently
located at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.
In April 1971 № 24 had been taken out of use due to damage to its
motion. The locomotive was then moved to the C&DMRS site.
G A Cryer
Stewarts & Lloyds № 24 at
Corby & District Model Railway Society on 23rd
№ 24 is a surviving "Odd man out' as it is one of the
Hunslet '50550' series with 18in x 24in cylinders originally intended
for the ill-fated 'Islip ore development scheme'.
This series of locomotives effectively became the prototypes for what is
known as the "WD Austerity" locomotives, more information can be found
on the Industrial Railway Society's website.
When sent to Corby Works, № 24 (Hunslet № 2411 of 1941) was used on the
Ore Bank and later worked the hot iron ladles or "ladies" between blast
furnaces and steel making plants; before № 24 was used on tube works
duties - all jobs on which the locomotive's additional power was useful.
Besides being altered to oil firing this engine was also modified by
moving the previously underhung springs to new positions above the axle
Please Note: This locomotive is not to be mistaken for the locomotive
purchased by Corby Urban District Council for installation as a
childrens' attraction in West Glebe Park. This second locomotive was
subsequently removed from West Glebe Park and can be found at East
Carlton Country Park.