About this object

Known as ‘MDBH No.1’ this saddle-tank locomotive worked for Mersey Docks and Harbour Board on Liverpool docks from 1904 until 1966 - a remarkable working life of 62 years.

It carried its water supply in a tank mounted like a saddle across the boiler and has a wheel arrangement of 0-6-0. Special features incorporated for use on the docks included a spark arrestor on the chimney to reduce the fire risk, and a warning bell fitted to the driving mechanism which would ring whenever the locomotive was in motion.

It was built by the Avonside Engine Company of Bristol (No. 1465) and following its long career it was presented to the Museum by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board.

Object specifics

  • Title
    MDHB saddle tank locomotive
  • Accession no.
    1969.212 DUP1
  • Type
    Railway locomotive
  • Artist/Maker
    Avonside Engine Co
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Avon: Bristol
  • Date made
    1904
  • Materials
    Metal
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Measurements
    7200 x 3500 x 2500 x 7180 mm
  • Related people
    Avonside Engine Co (Artist/maker); Liverpool Docks (Associated Person)
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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