Petrol engine loco

No.2 Triumph


Triumph had a short life at Moors Valley Railway before being dismantled.

In the early 1970’s, Moors Valley Railway founder, Jim Haylock, started to build wagons and other rolling stock including the teak coloured covered coaches that originally carried passengers at Tucktonia, and which can still be seen in operation on special event days at Moors Valley.

Initially, one of the semi-open coaches was built in the form of a petrol engine railcar, however this proved unsuccessful and it was subsequently converted back into a coach shortly after.

However, the idea for a small petrol engine loco was developed and Triumph was born. The loco featured a 4-wheel chassis and a wooden superstructure matching the covered coaches, with the driver sitting inside a fully enclosed cab with the engine at the front. Styling was in the form of a small tram locomotive.

Triumph saw use as a visiting engine at a number of miniature railways, before moving to Tucktonia to help with the construction of the line. When all the stock from Tucktonia moved to Moors Valley in 1985, Triumph came too, but by then it was near the end of its running life and proved unsuitable for the new line.

Dismantling followed soon afterwards, and for a number of years, the engine from Triumph could still be found on the railway in one of the demonstration freight wagons. Nowadays, its spirit lives on in myths and legends.

Loco No.2 was subsequently allocated to Triumphs replacement, Horace, built in 1999.