Light Railway Operating Division 4-6-0T No. 353
Kibbutz Gesher, Israel
Location: Old Gesher Museum
Status: Display
Posted: Jul 27, 2018 @ 14:07:25 by Robin R Beck
One of ten British army surplus locomotives. Used on the construction of the Rutenberg hydro-electric power station in the then Palestine. The Palestine Electric Company constructed at Naharayin where the rivers Jordan & Yarmouk meet. |The power station was built from 1927 to 1931. The locomotive was numbered H7. The station supplied power to all of Palestine. The 1948 war and creation of Israel found the hydro-electric plant destroyed and 1265 in no mans land. The 1994 peace treaty between Israel & Jordan. Allowed the recovery of the dismantled loco, minus boiler.

The loco was taken away & rebuilt. A new boiler containing a petrol engine was fitted. It returned to Old Gesher Museum, which includes the ruins of the power station. From 2004 it would often operate with a rake of tipper trucks. Said to rarely operate now.

Posted: Jan 7, 2015 @ 06:01:40 by Thomas Kautzor
It ended up in Israel because it once worked in Palestine, the country which later became Israel.
Posted: Feb 13, 2013 @ 12:02:37 by Steve Frost
Hunslet's built 91 of these attractive little tank engines for service on the Western Front. They were popular with the troops, but Hunslet couldn't build them as fast as they were needed, hence the orders for Baldwin 4-6-0T and Alco 2-6-2Ts to meet the needs quickly. Like everything belonging to the Army they were stamped all over with the Army's arrow mark and 'WD', as well as the loco number.

I wonder how this survivor ended up in Israel.