Lister NU9 Autotruck 44425
|Another former resident at Corris Hill is not a locomotive at all, but a 3 wheel Lister Autotruck with a JAP 600cc single cylinder petrol engine.
Supplied new in December 1961 to British Insulated Callendar Cables, Cheshire, 44425 nearly came to an ignominious end. Having been acquired in the early 1980s by a stationary engine enthusiast, it was subsequently cannibalised to build a farm go-kart. The front end was cut up to extract the engine and the tanks were used on stationary engines. The chassis ended up as a farm trailer; both the go-kart and trailer have subsequently been scrapped.
The remains were acquired by Brian Faulkner following an advert in "Stationary engine" for spares in the restoration of 14984. The left-hand side cover found it's way down to the Kent and East Sussex Railway. Eventually the majority of the front end was not required for 14984, although the trucks did exchanged gear levers. Having acquired an engine and tanks from a motor bike enthusiast, sufficient parts of the jigsaw were to hand. The 1/4" steel side plates, uprights and right hand handle bar were welded back together. Only 3" remained of the left hand handle bar, so a new one had to be fabricated. Tank supports were also missing and had to be made.
The rebuilt front end was fitted into 56415's CN chassis. Fitting the NU9G front end into the LD2 chassis simply required drilling 6 additional holes to take the 3-bolt roller castings. In 2003 a friend of Brian's was looking for a petrol tug and a short LD2. He had decided to restore 5050 back into a SS3, so had a spare LD2 front end. He had also obtained a bare cut down SS3 chassis plus a suitable back axle, so he decided to do a double swap and turn 44425 into a CS tug. A replacement side cover was obtained, a front cover fabricated, load bed and footplate were fabricated. 44425 has since acquired a coat of paint, an age related plate and appeared at events including the 2004 Dursley festival carnival.