Basis for Scruff - 100 HP Sentinel Steam Locomotive
Sentinel 100 HP No. 9369 "Musketeer" on static display at the Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust, Hunsbury Hill, Northants.
Photo credit: Bill Nile / Simon Tasker (2010)

Scruff is based on no. 9369 "Musketeer", a Sentinel 100 HP 'BE Type' (chain-driven) vertical-boiler industrial strength steam locomotive built in 1946 to work the Royal Ordnance Factory in Hooton, Wirral. It was purchased in 1958 by Thomas E. Gray Ltd. to shunt lime trucks from the Isham Quarries in Northamptonshire. Gray named the blue-liveried locomotive "Musketeer" to commemorate the Royal Navy ship that he served aboard during the Second World War. The coal-powered steam locomotive was retired in 1975 to the Northhamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust, Hunsbury Hill, Northants, where it is on static display.

We'd like to thank NIRT President Simon Tasker and NIRT Chairman Bill Nile for providing us with the photo of "Musketeer" seen above. If you're in the Hunsbury Hill area, please feel welcome to drop in to check NIRT's collection. Hours of operation and special event details can be found on their website.

Collector's Corner
LC Wooden Scruff from Amazon US
Wooden Railway model of Scruff

 

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