The Tanfield Railway is home to one of three preserved locos by this builder, the other two being preserved at Ribble Steam Railway, Preston, Lancashire. E Borrows & Sons had a works in St Helens, Lancashire and built around 40 locomotives, mainly for the local glass industry. After they closed, around 20 locomotives were built to their design by H W Johnson and Kerr Stuart & Co Ltd. Borrows unique locomotive design was an 0-4-0WT with valve gear between the wheels and the frames. No.3 is an 0-4-0WT with 14.5 x 20″ outside cylinders and 3ft 4in diameter driving wheels. With works number 37, she was new to The Smelting Corporation Ltd, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire in 1898, where she was numbered No.4.
About 1907, she was sold to Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend, Northumberland. Here she became No.3 and was fitted with oil-firing in 1959. Here she worked with oil-fired Peckett 0-4-0ST LION, which is preserved on the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Ludborough, Lincolnshire. In 12/1968, she was given to Newcastle University Railway Society and stored on site. In 3/1969 she moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and on 21/5/1981, now owned by the Friends of No.3, she moved to Marley Hill. At present she stands in the yard, part way through a cosmetic restoration.
25 February 2018