Stockton & Darlington Railway centenary exhibition July 1925
This intriguing locomotive is of Belgian origin and was built circa 1845 by the Compagnie d'Anvers à Gand (Antwerp to Ghent Company in English) to the design of their CME, Ridder, at its own workshops in Brussels. Nine members of this class of 2-2-2ST were built and this example is no. 2 named Pays de Waes.
No. 2 survived the cull of her sister engines between 1880 and 1890 and became something of a celebrity not only being exhibited several times, including this trip overseas, but became the centrepiece of the Belgian Railway Museum in the Gare du Nord at Brussels until its recent closure. However, all is not lost as a new museum, Train World, is scheduled to be opened in 2014 on the site of Schaarbeek station where this loco will once again become the centre of attention as one of the oldest surviving railway steam engine in the world.
[Mike Morant collection]