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Well it's a British Vehicle so I thought it best to put it here.


Our Group on the NYMR ( North Yorkshire Moors Railway) had this loco donated to us a number of years back by BP at Saltend near Hull.



Drewry Shunter 0-4-0 DM 70037 - MEF 44 or BP 16


This loco may be the most travelled loco on the NYMR.

Built by Drewry Car Company at Burton on Trent in 1941 for the WD as number 37 0f a batch of 20 (29-48)

Electrical equipment and the exhaust system were flameproofed for use in munitions factories and fuel dumps.

Worked in The UK until 1943 then shipped out to the Middle East and renumbered MEF 44 and later 70037, working mainly around Suez.

Returned to the UK in 1947 to Kings Norton WD Depot near Derby from where it was sold in Feb 1948 to Shell Mex / BP for work at Manchester Trafford Park becoming number 12.

1950 transferred to BP at Jarrow on Tyneside and again renumbered this time becoming No 16, it worked at Jarrow until 1964.

Then for repair by Bagueley’s then to BP Saltend near Hull until 1984 when it was donated to the York Are Group for use on the NYMR.

Work on the NYMR was on Civil Engineers PW trains hauling work trains on the line.

Out of use now since 1999 but a requirement for another loco at Newbridge may mean its return to service.

As part of this it was extricated from the bramble patch at the end of the yard and placed in the shed were our fitter can begin to check it over.

2 main areas initially, Check that the engine will turn over and if possible start. and also to check on the state of the Torque Converter.


A brochure is available on the web detailing the capacities etc as built.




Note the photo of in service locos 1 being the beach landing in Normandy of 2 similar locos There is another available of the same 2 locos on a rebuilt bridge near Caen but copyright may be a problem.

Unfortunately no one had a camera that we know of out in Suez.

16 West side rear.JPG


16 West side front.JPG

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Re the crane.

It has been available for purchase for over a year now, all we ask scrap price and that it is removed from the railway.

As a guide we estimate approx 35 tonnes x £150 / ton

Last in use about 8 years ago and laid aside as larger cranes were more readily available.


There is also likely to be number of wagons destined for a similar fate unless someone steps in quickly.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Our fitter has been looking at the state of the engine over the last couple of days.

Not possible to bar the engine over so he has removed one of the heads from the Gardner Diesel.

Stuck his hand into the piston and found about 4" of water.

Looks like more of the cylinders are similar so I think it means an engine out job sometime in the future.

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Thought it about time I posted a few more photos.

No real work has been done on the loco yet as this is now our groups bueriod involved with the track renewals on the NYMR.

Maybe about March - April we can start to think about other projects.


Somebody called it water in the cylinder. That is not what it looks like.


16 Engine general layout.jpg

16 Gardner plate.jpg

16 No 1 cylinder with liquid.jpg

16 No 2 manifold.jpg

16 No 2 Rocker.jpg

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  • 3 years later...

Just to bump this topic.


We are looking for any information on this locos service in the Middle East during WW2 from 1943 and upto repatriation in 1947.

Can anyone supply any detail please?


Otherwise we have had no progress on this loco as other vehicles have had to take priority.

That may change in the near future though.


Thanks in advance.

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We have some progress.

Recently the Loco was moved from Pickering on the NYMR and now resides at the Derwent Valley Railway at Murton near York.

One of the guys working on the Loco has set up a webpage to show progress.


Some of the photos are before and after showing the amount of Cab pipework and fittings that have been removed.
This is so that the cab can be removed to fabricate a new one. The existing cab is too corroded to be reused.

Does anybody have any photos of its earlier life at BP Saltend up to 1984
or any of the other refineries or even in military service.

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Things are progressing.

The question of what colour paint is being asked.

Can anyone let me know what would be the correct livery for Suez service around 1945.

Also need to know about the cab interior.

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Cab has been freed off, awaiting a lift.

Then the cab to be sent to a fabricator who will build a new cab, the old steel is too badly deformed with rust lamination to do anything with.

Some other bodywork being done in the meantime.

All controls removed from cab, now being cleaned up and painted.

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