The Steeple Grange Light Railway

Greenbat

Greenbat is a 5hp battery-electric locomotive built by Greenwood & Batley Ltd of Leeds, works number 6061, supplied new in November 1961 to the Halesowen Steel Co Ltd for use on the railway system inside their plant in the Black Country. It operated there until the works closed in March 1974.

Greenbat at the SGLR
Greenbat at the SGLR

The locomotive was then transferred in July 1974 to sister company Flather Bright Steels Ltd in Sheffield, where a short length of track was laid along which Greenbat shunted a wagon back and forth, transferring steel bars from one production line to another.

When Flather's closed down, the loco was moved to British Bright Bar Ltd of Tipton, back in the West Midlands. However it was never used here and in March 1986 it was purchased for preservation by Industrial Railway Society committee member Adrian Booth, who later that year took it back to Sheffield again!

After a couple of years in storage, Adrian brought the loco to Steeple Grange in September 1988, since when it has been the mainstay of the passenger service. The loco was bought by the SGLR Company in early 1994. Air braking was fitted in winter 1992, and it underwent a major re-build during 2000-2001.

Greenbat at work
Greenbat at work
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