No. 3 R&H 48DL

Ruston & Hornsby 48DL Diesel Locomotive

Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln first started to build Diesel locomotives in the early 1930s. The 48DL class was introduced in 1943 and continued in production until 1967. A total of 1127 of the type of machine were built, although over the years major changes did take place to the design of the body and even the type of engine used.

Ruston locomotives are very robust machines and many have survived years of use and abuse in quarries, brick works, coal mines and other industrial locations. Another reason for their popularity is that there is no separate clutch mechanism. Each gear in the three-speed gearbox has its own clutch, making these locomotives very easy to drive.

This particular locomotive, Ruston Works No. 370555, was built in 1953 and worked for the Hoveringham Gravels at Holme Pierrepoint Quarry (now the National Watersports Centre), Nottinghamshire. It is the only locomotive to survive from Hoveringham and is in working order. All the rest were scrapped. It now bears its original livery: bright orange with block lettering 'Hoveringham' on each side.


Builder Ruston & Hornsby, Lincoln  
Built 1953  
Works number 370555  
Type 48 DL  
Wheel arrangement 4 wheel  
Driving wheel diameter 17½" 444mm  
Engine 48hp 4VRH 35.8kW  
Transmission Mechanical  
Final drive Chain  
Weight 7 tonnes  
Arrived W.H.R. August 1987  
Owners W.H.R.  
Previous owners Hoveringham Gravels, Holme Pierrepoint Quarry  

See Also

  • More photos of the WHHR diesel locomotives.

No.3 at WHHR with previous livery.

No. 3 'Hoveringham' WHHR, 2008.