River Mite I

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River Mite I
Wheel Arrangement 4-6-0-6-4
Year of Origin 1928
Year of Withdrawal 1937
Designer Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Builder Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
Length 24' 4"
Liveries Unknown

The original River Mite was an attempt to obtain a cheap and powerful articulated locomotive, incorporating parts of all three scale locomotives - Sans Pareil, Colossus and Sir Aubrey Brocklebank.

The boiler and Belpaire firebox were supplied by the Yorkshire Engine Co., and the latter had to be large enough to satisfy the needs of four cylinders. The engine proved to be powerful and both the passenger and stone traffic, but the chassis tended to distort and eventually the engine became unsafe to work.

She was withdrwan in 1937 and partly dismantled, with the intention of rebuilding, but when the war intervened, the chassis were sold off and were finally scrapped in 1970. The boiler, which was still in a good condition, was stored at Murthwaite until 1969, when it was of no further use, was sold to a nursery.

It is unknown what livery it carried.

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