We have a number of steam and diesel engines at Perrygrove and we are always looking for more volunteers to help look after and drive them. Get in touch if you think you can help.
Spirit of Adventure
Built in 1994 by Exmoor Steam Railway in Bratton Fleming, she was ordered for the opening of the railway in 1996. She was our first steam engine and pulled all the trains for the first 10 years on her own. She is still a firm favourite among our drivers. She is a 0-6-0 tank engine.
Built in 2008 by Alan Keef Ltd in Ross on Wye, she is the most powerful engine at Perrygrove. Certainly the most popular among our younger visitors she can often be seen on our busiest days. She is a 2-6-2 tank engine. In 2016 we commissioned BigJigs to produce a replica of Lydia. Compatible with all wooden railway products, you can purchase Lydia in our shop – the only place in the world you can buy one!
Built in 2004 by the Exmoor Steam Railway in Bratton Fleming, she was originally called John Hayton and worked on the Longleat Safari Park Railway. She was bought by one of our volunteers and came to Perrygrove in 2015. Renamed after her owners late mother, we made substantial improvements to her including her striking but popular new colour! She is a 0-6-2 tank engine.
Built in 1986 by Hunslet in Leeds, she is our main diesel locomotive and pulls most of our low season and toddler day trains. She was bought by Perrygrove and completely rebuilt from her previous use as a tunnelling locomotive. She once worked on the Jubilee Line extension to the London underground, (hence her name). She is a 4wDH loco, meaning she has 4 wheels and is driven by hydraulic power.
Other engines at Perrygrove
Not often seen out and about we have a few more engines that make appearances’ at special events.
Soony is our family favourite. Owned by friends of Perrygrove she is too small to handle our passenger trains, but sometimes makes appearances’ at weddings and other events. She is a model of an American switching locomotive.
Workhorse was the first ever engine at Perrygrove. A small Diesel built by Simplex ltd, she worked in Scotland on a peat bog before ending up building the railway here in 1995. She is not fitted with air brakes for working with our carriages. Workhorse can often be found coupled to a wagon full of presents at Christmas.
Pylon is our standby diesel; she is a Lister Rail-truck and worked in the Painter Brothers steel factory in Hereford until we purchased her for preservation.