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Greenwood & Batley 6061 "GreenBat"

No.3 GREENBAT       The mainstay of the S.G.L.R.’s passenger service, GREENBAT is a 5 hp battery-electric locomotive built by Greenwood & Batley Ltd of Leeds, works number 6061, supplied new in November 1961 to the Halesowen Steel Co Ltd for use on a railway system inside their plant in the Black Country. It operated there until the works closed in March 1974.  The locomotive was then transferred in July 1974 to sister company Flather Bright Steels Ltd in Sheffield, where a short length of track was laid, along which Greenbat shunted a wagon back and forth, transferring steel bars from one production line to another.    When Flather's closed down, the loco was moved to British Bright Bar Ltd of Tipton, back in the West Midlands. However it was never used here and in March 1986 it was purchased for preservation by Industrial Railway Society committee member Adrian Booth, who later that year took it back to Sheffield again!     After a couple of years in storage at the South Yorkshire Railway Preservation Society’s premises, Adrian brought the loco to Steeple Grange in September 1988. It was fitted with air-braking equipment at Butterley in 1992, and the loco was purchased from Adrian by the S.G.L.R. Company in early 1994. Until February 1998 the loco had its battery box at the uphill end, but in that month it was turned so that the driving position was at the uphill end instead.  It underwent a major rebuild during 2000-2001, and had a set of new batteries in 2005, supplied by Deta Batteries of Alfreton.  GREENBAT was out of action for the first half of 2012 following the failure of a mechanical component.  In working order, reserved for passenger train operation.

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