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W. and A. Kitching: Derwent

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Engine no. 25 Derwent was built by A. Kitching, founder of Whessoe Foundry (see photo of plaque).

1845 The "Derwent" was similar in design to the Leader; it was designed by Timothy Hackworth and built by W. and A. Kitching, Darlington, for the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

1869 Withdrawn from service; sold to Pease and Partners for use on their colliery lines and spent some time in the construction of the Waskerley reservoir.

1881 It took part in the Stephenson Centenary celebrations at Newcastle

1887 took part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration

1898 Presented to the NER for preservation

After restoration it joined "Locomotion" on a plinth at Bank Top Station, Darlington.

The Whessoe Foundry Co was responsible for placing the engine on a pedestal at Darlington station, and then in Darlington Rail Museum[1].

1925 The locomotive ran under its own steam in the 1925 Railway Centenary procession and on trials the day before the procession, achieved a speed of 12 m.p.h.

1960s/70s: removed, restored to near original condition and is now on display at the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 19 May 1920
  • Rail centre [1]