WD 193 Shropshire

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WD 193 Shropshire
193 Shropshire Bridgnorth Yard.jpg
WD 193 in Bridgnorth Yard in 1972 (David Cooke)
Built By Hunslet Engine Company
Configuration 0-6-0ST
Status Out of service
Loco Number WD 193
Other Numbers Works Number 3793
Built 1953
Designed By Hunslet Engine Company
Type WD Austerity
1971 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
1981 Sold by the SVRSevern Valley Railway
1984 Left the SVRSevern Valley Railway on loan
Length 30ft 4"
Weight 48t 5cwt
Tractive effort 23.870 lb
Pressure 170 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

WD 193 'Shropshire' was resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway between 1971 and 1981.

The War Department Austerity 0-6-0ST was the standard World War II shunting engine, designed by the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds and built between 1942 and 1946 to the requirements of the Ministry of Supply. A number of these engines were also built by sub-contractors. The design continued to be built into the 1950s for industrial users, including the National Coal Board. This locomotive was built by Hunslet in 1953 as Works Number 3793, and formed part of a further batch ordered for WD (Army) use, who allocated the number WD 193.

WD 193 in service

WD 193 was initially put into store, but later moved to the WD-operated Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway based at Kinnerley, where it saw intermittent use. On 20 March 1960 WD 193 worked a special last train over the S & M organised by the Stephenson Locomotive Society, before moving to the Arncott workshops at Bicester in June 1960. During the 1960s 193 was kept at the Long Marston Depot, mainly in store.

WD 193 in preservation

After being declared surplus to requirements by the MOD, WD 193 was bought in June 1971 for use on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. Following a re-paint into a dark green livery while still at Long Marston, 193 was moved to the SVRSevern Valley Railway in August of that year. WD 193 thereafter saw regular use, recording mileage in every year of the 1970s. In the early 1970s the locomotive hauled all the Santa services single handed.

In 1977 WD 193 was repainted into a crimson lake livery. The locomotive was also given the name 'Shropshire'.

Move from the SVRSevern Valley Railway

In 1981 WD 193 was lent to the 6000 Locomotive Association who were based at the Bulmers Railway Centre at Hereford. The locomotive traveled there in steam in convoy with 4930 Hagley Hall and ‘Black 5’ LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway 5000 which were setting off on main line duties. The move to Hereford eventually became permanent, with the SVRSevern Valley Railway Board announcing in late 1983 that WD 193 was being sold.

From 1999 WD 193 was based at the Ribble Steam Railway in Preston.[1]


See also

Former Residents


  1. Ribble Steam Railway web site

SVRSevern Valley Railway News
Severn Valley Railway Stock Book, seventh edition.


Ribble Steam Railway page for WD 193 Retrieved 29 July 2018. Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST on Wikipedia