Skinningrove Ironworks 0-6-0ST No. 'Minnie'
Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, UK
Location: Mangapps Farm Railway Museum
Status: Display
Posted: Mar 23, 2007 @ 13:03:37 by Steve Frost
'Minnie' is a typical contractor's loco and started out as such in the construction of the Whitby, Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway along and through the cliffs of the North Yorkshire coast. This spectacular railway was noted for its steel viaducts across the deep valleys cut into the coast. The constuction job was a poor quality one and when the North Eatern took over the line they had a lot of work to do to finish it to a safe condition. This wasn't 'Minnie's fault, of course. She was sold to the Skinningrove Iron Works in its equally spectacular cliff top location, where she worked until 1963 when she was replaced by diesels. The ironworks survives, as does 'Minnie' but most of the line she helped build has gone, apart from the rebuilt section to Boulby Potash Mine