Bellerophon.

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Named after the son of the God Poseidon, the locomotive is the only survivor of the total of 6 ever constructed at the Haydock Foundry. These were built to fulfill  the demands of the Haydock Collieries, which connected to the London North Western, and the Liverpool Manchester Railways, over quite severe gradients.

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Weighing 35 Tons the 0-6-0 Well Tank Locomotive was built in 1874 with a works reference of C. Taken out of service in 1964, the loco was saved from the scrap man by Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, and subsequently purchased by the Vintage Carriage Trust and restored over a period of  4 years.

This very unique locomotive presently resides at Foxfield Railway in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, but travels to other Heritage Railways for Gala’s etc, including a visit to Belgium and the Netherlands.

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A model of Bellerophon was made in cardboard, by a very talented gentleman named…

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