Andrew Barclay 2343/1953 'British Gypsum No4'
Andrew Barclay 2343 is one of six 10" Barclay locomotives that are preserved. 2343 is unique in having a boiler that sits higher up than the rest.
It worked all its life at the Kirkby Thore works near Penrith before being purchased for preservation and moved to Steamtown Carnforth. In 1965 she was named after one of the works managers, a gentleman by the name of Ken Boazman and she carried the nameplates until replaced by a diesel. Whilst at Kirkby Thore she worked with another Andrew Barclay, W.T.T which is also preserved.
She was used briefly when she first went to Carnforth and after 1972/73 she remained a static exhibit. She moved to Chasewater Railway and swapped boilers with Colin MacAndrew. Purchased in the May of this year she moved to her new home at Ribble Steam Railway in Preston where she will be eventually overhauled to working order.
British Gypsum had a naming ceremony in 1965, she was called Ken Boazman after a manager. Built in 1953, she spent most of working life without a name followed by two thirds of her life as a static loco.
In the early 1970's Steamtown in Carnforth were looking to obtain some smaller locos that were more econmical to use than main line machines, to operate their footplate rides. The loco was purchased along with a number of sister locos, and was taken to Steamtown, Carnforth for preservation.
This Barclay engine, similar to ‘Colin McAndrew’, was purchased by the Chasewater Railway with the intention of being used, in the first instance, to complete the restoring to working condition of Colin McAndrew by donating its boiler, having a 10 year certificate.