Tracey Joe

Tracey Joe was originally built by Guest Engineering and maintenance ltd in 1964 for use at Dudley Zoo in the West Midlands. The appearance of the locomotive was based on the style of the Swindon built locomotives for the Vale of Rheidol Railway in Wales and had a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement..

The loco was owned for a time by Sir William McAlpine who had her rebuilt with a mechanical drive and 3.5 litre Daimler engine.

The locomotive was purchased by Brian Taylor for the Kirklees Light Railway and was rebuilt again, this time by Brian prior to arriving on site at Clayton West. This latest rebuild included the removal of the crude mechanical drive arrangement which was replaced by hydraulic transmission. The locomotive served as the railways workhorse during the construction of the line to Cuckoo's Nest but was put up for sale following the completion of Badger. Tracey Joe was sold to the Bure Valley Railway in Norfolk in 1991.

The Bure Valley Railway had Tracey Joe rebuilt again this time by Winson Engineering of Daventry. This time the locomotive was rebuilt as a 2-6-4 steam locomotive and was renamed Wroxham Broad. The locomotive has since been purchased by a group of volunteers and remains based at the Bure Valley seeing regular use on the nine mile line. Some photographs of her in both her old and new guise are shown below, why not also visit the Bure Valley Railway web site, via our links page, to see some more photo's of Wroxham Broad in action.

Tracey Joe at Clayton West. Photo courtesy of Ian Screeton
During the early days, Tracey Joe stands with Fox at Clayton West. Photo courtesy of Ian Screeton
Wroxham Broad stands at Aylsham on the Bure Valley Railway

Wroxham Broad stands at Wroxham Station on the Bure Valley Railway