Bagnall 0-4-0ST "Alfred" and "Judy"

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Bagnall 0-4-0ST "Alfred" and "Judy"

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Alfred and Judy are two unusually low four-wheel saddle tank railway steam locomotives. They were built by W.G. Bagnall for use at Par harbour in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The unusual design was required to cope with some extremely tight curves, and a very low bridge under the Cornish Main Line. The locomotives are both preserved in operational condition on the nearby Bodmin and Wenford Railway and inspired the Rev. W. Awdry to include them in The Railway Series of children's books.

History

The first ships used Joseph Treffry’s artificial harbour at Par on the south coast of Cornwall in 1833. It was fully operational by 1840 when it was linked to his inland mines and quarries by a canal up the valley to Ponts Mill, where it connected with inclined tramways to Treffry’s copper mines and granite quarries. The canal was supplemented by a horse-drawn tramway to Ponts Mill in 1855 and a separate tramway incline served the Par Consols mine on the hill behind the harbour. In 1860 a connection was made to the recently opened Cornwall Railway which was carried on a viaduct and embankment between the harbour and mine. The mine closed in 1869 and the main tramway was converted to locomotive haulage as the Cornwall Minerals Railway in 1874, but wagons continued to be moved by horses within the harbour complex. Several years later a branch line was taken through an bridge beneath the Cornish Main Line to serve new china clay processing works. As well...
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