E.E Baguley No. 2085 “Golspie”

Technical Details

Builder: E.E. Baguley, BurtonNo.: 2085
Weight: 4 tonsYear: 1935
Livery: RedTractive effort: 60 hp
Engine: 4.4 Litre Perkins 4.270Gauge: 2′ 0″

Golspie is a steam-outlined, but originally petrol-engined 0-4-0 built by E.E. Baguley in 1935. Delivered new to the Duke of Sutherland’s Trentham Gardens, it became one of three similar Baguley locomotives on the mile-long line.

Seen here at the 2014 Diesel Gala (now called the Everything Goes Gala)

History

In 1938, Golspie received a new 3-speed gearbox, and later the original Baguley petrol engine was replaced by a 4.4 litre Perkins 4.270 diesel engine of around 60 hp. The railway regrettably closed at the end of the summer season in 1988 and was largely moved to Alton Towers, although the first loco Brora travelled north to Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. Golspie, by now named The Trentham Express, was never used at Alton Towers and was stored in the open, being stripped of a few spares, but otherwise remaining a very original machine. The loco arrived at Amerton on 9th May 2000.

This British Pathé video features a short clip of Golspie running at Trentham in 1942
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Golspie at Trentham in 1971 – Credit: Moseley Railway Trust
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Golspie at Trentham in 1971. – Credit: Moseley Railway Trust

Restoration Process

Golspie is currently under restoration at Amerton Railway where funds allow, our intention is to restore her to pristine condition as seen in the photographs from Trentham. On the 23rd April 2013 the Perkins 4.270 engine was started for the first time (probably since leaving Trentham in 1988). After some work to the forward/reverse and high/low speed gearboxes, she has moved under her own power. Much more work is needed in order to complete the restoration, if you would like to support us please see our donations page for information.

Starting Golspie’s engine for the first time in preservation on the 23rd April 2013
Here is another video from September 2016 showing Golspie running in the yard. Filmed by Harry Coates