Cabinet Portrait

Railway Workers



Where and When?

Answer:  Tuthill Quarry, County Durham, England

Probably between 1888 and 1895

See 'Reply 7' below

Granton Station  -  Where and when?

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Phil Wild:  December 28, 2011


Railway Workers and Engine

Phil Wild wrote:


"This photo purports to be one of my wife's ancestors.  I'm trying to pin down the location and date of the photo if I can.  I'm guessing that the photo might have been taken around 1890.

Blown up, the plate on the engine reads

Manning Wardle & Co    Engine No. 498   Leeds 1874

Back of the Cabinet Print

I wonder if the stuff on the back or the cabinet photo might be of significance.

The back of a cabinet print of railway workers and a railway engine  -  Where and when might this photo have been taken?

©  Phil Wild, Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England::  December 28, 2011

Reply to Phil?

If you can help to answer the questions that Phil asks above, please email me then I'll pass on your message to him.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  December 31, 2011




Phil Wild

Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England


Thank you to Phil Wild for writing again.  Phil has now told me where he hopes to find that the photo was taken, but I'll not add the name of the place to the web site yet.  Instead, I'll wait and see if I get any replies.

Acknowledgement:  Phil Wild, Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England:  December 31, 2011




David Bain

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

Thank you to David Bain who wrote:

0-4-0ST Manning Wardle Shunters

"I've been digging and have found a photo of two near-identical locos on the Hull & Barnsley Railway on this page of the  LNER Railway Encyclopaedia web site.  Neither carried the fleet number 2, though.

It's a strange coincidence given that the writing on the back of the photograph refers to the Earl of Yarborough, whose estate was in the Hull & Barnsley area.

Just to confuse things, of course, Manning Wardle made standard designs.  Many went into industrial use and there are even preserved examples in Australia and New Zealand."

David Bain, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England:  December 31, 2011




David King

Trinity, Edinburgh

Thank you to David King who wrote:

Manning Wardle

"An interesting question!  For a start my guess is that this is not a local picture to Edinburgh.  Manning Wardle were in Leeds, as stated, and as far as I know very few of their locomotives were used in Scotland.  Their production was largely industrial tank engines, although the main line railways bought small numbers from time to time.  The adverts on the back of the photo are probably a good clue, suggesting that the photo was taken in Hull or nearby. 

Manning Wardle were in existence from 1858 to 1927 during which time they built just over 2,000 locomotives.  So number 498 is one of the earlier ones – at a guess maybe built in the 1870s. *   It is clearly not brand new in the photograph."

* The engine plate mentioned by Phil Wild above appears to be dated 1874


"What the location is, I have no idea – presumably a works or colliery, as the track and ‘ballasting’ are not in a good state.  The loco presumably had to deal with non-main line type vehicles, such as small hopper wagons or something similar, as in addition to short buffers in the usual position there are also blocks extending below the buffer beams to cope with small vehicles, together with a plate extending below the rear buffer beam.

It probably did not venture far afield given its very small coal capacity in the side bunkers and from its condition would probably not have been allowed on a main line railway. 

There is information online about Manning Wardle but unfortunately I can’t find a list of the locos they built and who bought them."

David King, Trinity, Edinburgh:  December 31, 2011




Phil Wild

Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England

I found the comments in David King's 'Location' paragraph above and his reference to the loco having possibly been used on a colliery to be interesting.

Earlier this evening, Phil Wild wrote:

Location and Date

"I'm hoping the engine proves to have been in service somewhere near Shotton Colliery in the North East of England between, say, 1888 and 1895."

David King, Trinity, Edinburgh:  December 31, 2011


The style of card that the photo is mounted on looks typical of the style that was in use (invariably for studio portraits) in the 1880s and 1890s.  These were very popular in that period but soon went out of fashion around 1900.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  December 31, 2011



Euan Cameron

New York, New York, USA

Thank you to Euan Cameron who wrote:

Manning Wardles

"Somebody else raised a question on the Internet about this engine, MW498.

There is an interesting Industrial Railway Society web page on Manning Wardles locos.  The loco in the header on this page is very similar to that in your photo, except that MW498 has Naylor safety valves, which were quite rare (and a bad idea generally, hence their rarity)."

Euan Cameron, New York, New York, USA:  January 1, 2012




David Bain

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

Thank you to David Bain for writing again.

David added:

Loco MW498

"Somebody else has asked a question about this loco on this Brunell Steam Model Engineering web forum, but to date no information has been provided."

David Bain, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England:  January 1, 2012

This may be the question that Euan Cameron also found on the Internet.

The question was asked in August 2010 and until today had received only one reply (which seems not to be relevant) so I signed up to to the forum today and posted a comment to see if that might provoke any further response.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 1, 2012




Brian Lacey

East Grinstead, West Sussex, England

Thank you to Brian Lacey who wrote:



Tuthill or Haverton Hill?

"MW 498 was one of Manning Wardle's standard H class
0-4-0ST locos.

-  It was  supplied new to J Witham & Son, Perseverance Ironworks Ltd, named 'Perseverance'.

-  It was later sold to the Tuthill Limestone Co, Tuthill Limestone Quarry.

-  It was then sold to Casebourne & Co, Haverton Hill.

-  Its final recorded owner was the North Beechburn Coal Co Ltd, who named it 'Arrow'.


Information from F W Mabbott - Manning Wardle & Co Ltd Locomotive Works List (author? 1982).

Beechburn is incorrect in Mabbott and should actually be Bitchburn, see  'The Industrial Railways and Locomotives of County Durham' - page 253 - Industrial Railway Society 2006 which records the loco as being sold or scrapped after 2/1895.

On page 292 of the same book there is a record of the locomotive's use by Tuthill Quarry, near Haswell.

I suggest the photo may have been taken either at Tuthill or Haverton Hill."

Brian Lacey, East Grinstead, West Sussex, England:  October 6+8, 2012


(a)  Tuthill Quarry (mentioned by Brian Lacey above) was in County Durham, about 7 miles east of the city of Durham, North East England.

(b)  Haverton Hill (also mentioned by Brian Lacey above)  is in County Durham, in the borough of Stockton on Tees, about 20 miles SE of the city of Durham.

(c)   Phil Wild who provided the photo above wrote in Recollections 4 above::

"I'm hoping that the engine proves to have been in service somewhere near Shotton Colliery in the North East of England between say 1888 and 1895"

Phil Wild, Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England: December 28, 2011



Shotton Colliery was about 1 mile to the south of Tuthill Quarry.  So it appears that Brian Lacey (above) has found the link that Phil Wild was hoping would be found.  This photo would have been taken at Tuthill Quarry, probably between 1888 and 1895.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  October 10, 2012




Phil Wild

Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England

Phil Wild replied:


"That is amazing.  The power of the internet, eh?

It would have been Tuthill, as that is where the ancestor was killed in a railway accident in 1895."

Acknowledgement:  Phil Wild, Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, England:  August 10, 2012




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