Do Machins Drive Us Loco

Well would you believe it . First we discover a Pub with the name of Arnold Machin and now I find that there is a Locomotive with the same name. I do not know much about this engine, or for that matter if its name is dedicated to the same man. But I get this sneaky notion that it is.

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The engines ( PICTURED LEFT) home is now in Scunthorpe, England, UK.

This is where the photographs were taken. Judging by the photographs which I have downloaded. The engine is in Private hands, I think the present owners are The Eccles Slag Co Ltd ( their name is across the top of the cowling of the engine ) who sub contract for (Corus) a steel making company.

They ( Corus) have have a factory in Scunthorpe. England, UK. and are the third largest steel producers in the world.

Corus are a subsidiary of British Steel plc, and produce uncoated and coated strip, tubular, and semi-finished products.

Details of the registrations and the name of the engine can be seen on plates ( BELOW RIGHT) which are bolted to the cab: The actual makers of the Loco were WG Bagnall Ltd, of Stafford England, which is interesting in the fact that Arnold lived and worked in the Potteries for Minton and Wedgwood as a sculpturer.

Both the Minton and Wedgwood's factories are also in Staffordshire.

They ( W. G Bagnall ) first registered the engine as number 3151 in 1962, which was long before Machin designed his famous plaster cast.

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Was the engine named upon completion by the makers or after it went into service?

A second plate reads that it was registered in 1968 by the British Transport commission as Number 3309. there is also a third plate which reads 36 ( stoke) above the letter F. It is a long time since I collected train numbers but I am presuming this is the shed number. Either way, it is another interesting bit of trivia that us Machin enthusiasts can ponder over.

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Charles Ashley ex Eccles Slag Works worker has informed me that the loco was not named after Arnold the sculpture after. It was was named after the manager of Ëccles Slag works at Santon.. Oh well it was a nice idea at the time.

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