‘JN Derbyshire’ was built at the Caledonia works of Andrew Barclay & Sons in Kilmarnock. It is a Barclay saddle tank with 12″ cylinders. The loco was purchased by the Carlisle Plaster & Cement Company (now British Gypsum) and worked at their Cocklakes Works, near Cumwhinton.
The loco was purchased upon retirement, along with a number of sister locos, and was taken to Steamtown, Carnforth for preservation. The loco was named “Jane Darbyshire” for some time whilst at Steamtown – but the original title has now been restored.
The loco arrived at Preston on Sunday 17th July 2005, and due to the fantastic external condition of the loco, was displayed in the museum building.
The engine changed owners during 2023, and is now in the workshop building, where a restoration to running order is underway. It is hoped that we will see JN Derbyshire operating trains in Preston by the middle of 2024.