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MSC 4002 Arundel Castle
Status:Operational
Livery: MSC Green
Running No: 4002
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, 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.

Bodywork and a full repaint was undertaken towards the end of 2022 and the cab has since had a complete refresh. Replica name and works plates have been fitted ready for the return of the Small Engines Weekend, 10th and 11th June 2023. A suitable exhauster has been sourced and is in the final stages of commissioning.

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)
Storm The Castle
with 4079 Pendennis Castle
Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th April
Western Region Weekend
featuring D9531, D7076, D832, 45108 and 50015 alongside 4079 Pendennis Castle
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April
Storm The Castle
with 4079 Pendennis Castle
Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st,
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th
and Monday 6th May
Vintage 1940s Weekend Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and
Monday 27th May
Summer Diesel Gala Thursday 27th, Friday 28th
and Saturday 29th June
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 11th, Saturday 12th
and Sunday 13th October
DMU Weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

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.