Beamish steam loco Lewin No 18 returns to the dock where it worked for 100 years

By Culture24 Reporter | 22 August 2012
a colour photo of an old steam shunting engine being shunted into an engine shed
Lewin no 18 returns to Beamish© Beamish
Beamish’s 135-year-old steam locomotive, the Lewin No 18, is making an historic return to its former workplace, where it worked for more than 100 years.

No 18 was built by Stephen Lewin of Poole in 1877, and was used to haul maintenance trains at Seaham Harbour, a famous coal shipping dock on the coast of County Durham that once boasted a sophisticated freight rail network.

Although the dockyard is still in operation, the fleet of locomotives are long gone and No 18 now resides at Beamish where it has recently completed a full restoration.

It will be making its nostalgic return on a day trip to Seaham on Wednesday August 29 and will be on view in the town’s Terrace Green Car Park until 12 noon.

The little loco will then make its way back to Beamish in time for their extravaganza of horse power, steam power and everything in between, Power from the Past, which runs from August 30 to September 2.

More pictures:

a black and whiye photo of a steam engine pulling wagons across a jetty
Lewin no 18 working at Seaham Harbour© Beamish
a photo of a green steam shunting engine
At Beamish© Beamish
a photograph of a small steam engine in a goods yard
At Seaham Harbour© Beamish
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