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River Irt
  • Number: 3
  • Duties: Passenger service
  • Designer: Sir Arthur Heywood
  • Built: 1894, rebuilt 1927, 1972
  • Builder: Duffield Bank, rebuilt Murthwaite
  • Gauge: 15 inch
  • Configuration: 0-8-2, originally 0-8-0T

River Irt is a steam engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.


River Irt was originally an 0-8-0T named Muriel, constructed by Sir Arthur Heywood for his Duffield Bank Railway in 1894. She arrived at Ravenglass via the Gretna munitions factory in 1917 with another Heywood engine, Ella, and was principally used on stone trains. She received a major overhaul and was rebuilt at Murthwaite in 1927, becoming a 0-8-2 tender locomotive named River Irt. She has remained in traffic on passenger duties ever since and is now the oldest working 15" gauge locomotive in the world. In 1972, she was rebuilt to a narrow gauge outline, and was then reboilered in 1977, giving the locomotive her current appearance. She has visited the National Railway Museum in York and was part of the Ratty fleet at the Liverpool and Gateshead Garden Festival Railways in 1984 and 1990. River Irt carries an iron plaque showing her as she was originally - an 0-8-0 tank engine without a cab.

Bert is based on River Irt's pre-1972 shape.


River Irt's livery is currently mid-green with yellow and black lining.


River Irt appeared in a Season 17 learning segment which featured Mr. Perkins, and was about the different gauges of track.


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
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