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Isle of Wight Central No. 3 “Mill Hill”
Great Britain | 1870 | only one produced
Locomotive Magazine, January 1901

One of the founding members of the Isle of Wight Central was the Cowes and Newport Railway, which had been established in 1859 and operated a 4.5 mile line to the north of the line along the River Medina. In 1970 Black, Hawthorn & Co. in Gateshead-on-Tyne built a small tank locomotive with a saddle tank, which was later to be number 3 in the combined railway company.

State after the rebuild where a cab was added
State after the rebuild where a cab was added
Locomotive Magazine, December 1921

After the Medina Wharf was built in 1877 and 1878, the engine spent much of its life there as a shunter. Later, a rebuild took place, in which the simple weather protection was replaced by a driver's cab. When passenger service with steam rail motors was opened up for Medina Wharf staff, the “Mill Hill” was used along with a six-axle passenger car as backup. The locomotive was decommissioned in 1913 and sold in 1918 to Holloway Bros. who operated a dock at Middlesbrough.

ManufacturerBlack, Hawthorn & Co.
Axle config0-4-2ST 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Wheelbase10 ft 3 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 3 in
Water capacity480 us gal
Fuel capacity1,500 lbs (coal)
Power sourcesteam
Estimated power120 hp (89 kW)
Power Plant
Driver diameter39 in
Expansion typesimple
Cylinderstwo, 10 x 17 in
Firebox area32 sq ft
Tube heating area272 sq ft
Evaporative heating area304 sq ft
Total heating area304 sq ft
Calculated Values
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