We have six engines, four are steam engines and two are diesel engines. All of the engines are half size models based on historic prototypes and have been specially built for use on the Kirklees Light Railway.
Select an Engine to discover more
Fox was the first engine built for the Railway. It was built in 1987 by Brian Taylor in his workshop in Shepley, before the Kirklees Light Railway existed!
Fox is a 2-6-2 Tank Engine, based on an engine that was built by the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds and was sent to work in India.
Despite being the oldest of our engines, Fox is one of our hardest working engines and is used both for passenger trains and driver experience courses.
Badger was built by Brian Taylor in 1991 final finishing was completed in the Clayton West workshop. Badger is a 0-6-4 Saddle Tank Locomotive. That is loosely based on a famous design of contractors’ locomotive which were built in large numbers and exported all over the world.
Badger is one of our hardest working engines and is popular with staff (the General Manager) and visitors alike and can be seen pulling passenger trains and on driver experience courses.
Hawk is our largest and most powerful engine, in Fact it is probably the most powerful 15” gauge engine in Britain.
It was completed at Clayton West in 1998 by Brian Taylor. It is based on a Kitson Meyer type engine that was built in Scotland and exported to Chile in 1903.
It is an articulated engine which means it has two 0-4-0 power bogies which help it go round very tight corners.
Hawk is used to pull our heaviest trains and on our popular one day engine driver experience courses. Its attractive blue livery means it is very popular with our younger visitors.
Owl is our most unusual engine. It was built by Brian Taylor in 2000 at Clayton West. It is based on an engraving of an engine that was never actually built. Similar engines were constructed in Bristol and Leeds and exported for use abroad.
Its cylinders are arranged in an unusual ‘V’ formation and it moves itself along by an arrangement that is usually found on diesel engines – it has gears!
Owl is painted in the colours of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. It is mainly used on our weekend trains.
Jay was completed in 1992 and is a diesel hydraulic engine. Although not based on a specific prototype it is similar in appearance to many industrial diesel engines. Jay is our workhorse and it is used almost every day of the year.
It is used by the engineers for maintenance trains, shunting engines and carriages, patrolling the Railway and pushing our snow plough. As a special treat it is sometimes allowed to pull passenger trains.
The Tram - "No 7"
Tram was built in 1991 by Brian Taylor to help with the construction of the Railway.
It is a steam outline engine and is based on the famous Tram engines that were used on branch line and ports in East Anglia. It is mainly used at our popular Days Out with Thomas events but from time to time may be found undertaking other tasks.