Bagnalls locomotive in Nairobi Railway Museum, Kenya

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Date:1975

Description:This locomotive, 'Hugh F Marriott', was built in Stafford, England, by W.G. Bagnall in 1951. It operated as a switcher at the Magadi Soda Company until 1970. This 301 engine was used in the 1985 film, 'Out of Africa'.

W.G. Bagnall Ltd. was established in 1870 in Castle Street, Stafford. Bagnall's first locomotive was produced in 1875, the company going on to produce machines for collieries and overseas plantations. Eventually Bagnall's was manufacturing powerful locomotives for some of the world's most important railways.

In 1951 Bagnall's merged with Brush Traction Ltd., and in 1959 the firm was sold to W.H. Dorman Ltd. Two years later they were taken over by the English Electric Co. and production at the Castle Street works ceased.

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Image courtesy of: Mr David Welch

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