6 thoughts on “A Metro Vick prototype c1958

  1. Interesting comments on Metro/vics I served my apprenticeship there & returned after my 2 year stint with the RAF. If there is any information I can help you with please feel free to ask.

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  2. The photographic archive of Metro-Vickers/Beyer Peacock (MV/BP), Stockton Works, probably still survives somewhere, as several years ago it seemed to be intact and was shared amongst a few people (but not me). Part or the whole of it was then offered on the internet ‘to a good home’. At the time I wrote to Teesside Museum Service (Preston Park) asking whether they would be interested in acquiring this archive, but received no reply. Interestingly about the same time a collection of old photographs taken inside/at Blair’s Marine Engine Works, Norton Road, was offered for sale by auction on the internet by a Dutch antique collector. I failed to secure them. A good history of the MV/BP Works at Stockton by R.D. Darvill appeared in the Industrial Railway Record magazine, Vol. 148, March 1997, pages 265-276, containing plans of its internal railway network and its connections with BR and Power Gas Corp’s South Works. It is not easy to find new quality information about this unique post-war railway works and its impressive ambitions. I have tried, from old local newpapers, railway and trade magazines. However in 1953 the BTC published a short article on the modern layout and state-of-the-art construction methods used at MV/BP, Stockton, including a plan of the factories internal structure (maybe suitable for Picture Stockton). Well-known books on the history of Beyer Peacock show that the joint venture Stockton factory was not a financial success. In the better times the factory struggled to compete for skilled labour, since bigger local engineering companies and the chemical industry were well- established and offered better pay and prospects. The best photographs inside the MV/BP Stockton works I have seen were of BR MV Type 2 Co-Bo locomotives under construction with good views of the erecting shop in the background. The owners of the preserved Co-Bo, D5705, displayed these large photos when this unusual locomotive was suspended on the overhead crane at Crewe Locomotive Works Open Day a few years ago. The locomotives worksplate was also displayed, and was disappointing not even containing the word ‘Stockton’ as in built at Stockton. Search Picture Stockton photo titled ‘A 46 class electric locomotive’ for more MV/BP comments.

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  3. David, an excellent photo. I have seen another picture which I am trying to track down which features Stockto (51E)WD No 90377 and E1000. I have a scanned image of it from a contact print but unsure who took it. I can forward to you if you wish. With the Metro Vic works just demolished I was intending writing a article about the works for the Heritage Railway Magazine and would like if possible to include a picture of E1000.

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  4. David – Thanks for posting this, it certainly clears up the question of the location of the Metrovick sidings. A friend and I walked along the disused track in about 1975. We were under the impression that the sidings only served the Whessoe site, not realising there was once a connection into the rear of Visqueen. We were chased off by the owner of the adjacent car breakers and his shotgun wielding sons! So we never did complete the walk.

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  5. 18100 was a 3000 hp rated gas turbine- electric locomotive ordered by the Great Western Railway Company in 1946 ,but not actually delivered to British Railways Western Region until 1952. It was built by Metro-Vick. Great things were expected of it, but in service it and its sister proved to be something of a disappointment in terms of fuel consumption and efficiency. In a gas turbine efficiency falls off sharply unless running at somewhere near to full power and for much of the time in rail service this was neither possible or necessary. As a result 18100 was sent to Metro-Vick Stockton in January 1958 to be converted into a 25kv straight electric for use as a training and instructional loco on the London Midland Region, where the electrication from Manchester to Crewe and ultimately Euston was just getting under way.The conversion of 18100 was completed in autumn 1958.Its new role was relatively short lived as the production locos for the scheme began to enter service in late 1959. 18100 was, on conversion, at first renumbered E1000 and then E2001. It was officially withdrawn in 1967 and finally cut up in 1972. A sister locomotive 18000, built by Brown Boveri of Switzerland, survives at the Railway Centre at Crewe.

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  6. The attached print is in reply to a recent request from Kevin McGowan – it shows Metro Vick prototype Electric loco number 18100 being moved out of, r being returned to, the Eaglescliffe works via the spur which left the mainline at Bowesfield Junction, the date is 1958 & the photo is copyright of George Devine from Norton.

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