Almost a year ago we featured the rare diesel shunter “Sheffield” (named after the city where it spent much of its working life), which has been deteriorating for decades behind the Kelham Island Industrial Museum. A brief visit today revealed the engine’s continued existence, albeit tucked out of sight behind the buildings away from the public gaze. One of only two locomotives in its class, Sheffield (number YE 2481), along with its counterpart Rotherham, was built by the Yorkshire Engine Company in 1951 and served at Templeborough Steelworks until being retired. But despite its unique history and connections to local industry, restoration has long remained elusive and appears to be a distant prospect at best.
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