Royal Scottish Museum

Wylam Dilly, preserved in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh. Built to work on the Wylam Waggonway, circa 1814/15. Designed by William Hedley and built by him with Jonathan Foster and Timothy Hackworth, the locomotive, and her sister engine, Puffing Billy, herself now preserved in the Science Museum in London, were still operating at Wylam Colliery in 1860. Possibly the only locomotive to operate on water it did so in 1822, having been taken off her chassis and converted to drive paddles instead, to break a strike by the keelmen, who normally handled coal traffic on the Tyne.

Location: Royal Scottish Museum

Company: Wylam Waggonway

Photographer: Andrew Wilson

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Date: 15/02/2012

Image number: 38016