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MSC 4002 Arundel Castle
Status:Operational
Livery: MSC Green
Running No: 4002 (adhesive nameplates)
Built: Hudswell Clarke
No D1076/1958
Traction Type: Diesel-Electric
Equipment: Brush Traction
Power Unit: National Diesel 6-Cyl
Power Output: 400 HP
Max Speed: 15 MPH
Wheel Arr: 0-6-0
Train Brakes: Air (Vacuum piped)
Weight: 50 Tons
Length: 30' 8"
Height: 12' 10"
Width: 8' 8"
Affectionately known as 'Billy' at the ELR, 4002 is one of a pair of Hudswell Diesel-Electrics which were used by the Manchester Ship Canal Company as part of their extensive fleet operating around Trafford Park.

The pair were numbered 4001/2 at the MSC. Sister loco 4001 also survived for many years as a static non-operational exhibit at the Winfields Store site at Acre Village (between Haslingden and Accrington) however the loco was cut up in 2018 as it was in a poor state. 4001 has donated many parts to allow 4002 to live on as a working example.

'Billy' has worked on passenger services very rarely at the ELR, during the July 2003 Diesel Event and May 2011 Small Engines Weekend. In September 2010, 4002 was a special guest at the Middleton Railway (Leeds) Manchester Ship Canal Gala event featuring both Steam and Diesel locomotives from the company. The loco is through piped for vacuum operation with a destroyer valve fitted, although without an exhauster it relies on another loco to create vacuum.

4002 featured at the Small Engines Event in April 2016 but had to be stood down due to running a hot axlebox. Since then the loco has had a good deal of attention and is currently the Works Pilot at Baron Street.

Some video footage of 4002 at the ELR and the MSC Gala event can be found on YouTube.

ELR Events

There are a wide range of events at the East Lancashire Railway ranging from Family and Education, Re-enactments, Sci-Fi, Transport and Collector's Fairs.

Selected events are shown below. See the ELR Website for the full event schedule.

Event Date(s)
Flying Scotsman on Display Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Friday 10th March
Flying Scotsman at the ELR Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March
1940s Weekend Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th April
and Monday 1st May
Summer Diesel Gala Thursday 29th, Friday 30th June and
Saturday 1st July
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 15th and
Saturday 16th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 30th September and
Sunday 1st October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and
Sunday 15th October

Covid Safety
Whilst Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, the ELR encourage passengers observe sensible social distancing precautions. See the ELR Website for the latest details.

All events subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure events take place as advertised, rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate without prior notice.

ELR Website
Check out the ELR Website for the full event schedule.