Dragon Miniature Railway

Marple Garden Centre, Marple, UK

Petrol Locomotives

These machines are the main workhorses of the railway, providing the main power for our trains. All the current members of this fleet have been built by the owner. Power coming from heavy-duty single cylinder petrol engines, drive is provided through a hydrostatic gearbox, making them easy to drive, powerful, reliable, yet requiring minimal maintenance.

(From left to right): D5903 "Andrew", D1015 "Western Champion", No.2 "David", 47338 "Flying Dragon"

On your visit you will see at least one of these machines working hard on your train, or resting outside the shed on one of our steam days. They are listed in order of use. Do contact us if you wish to know which engine(s) will be in use on your visit.

Locomotive name
Date Built/Builder
Flying Dragon
1997/B. Lomas
8hp Loncin OHV
Western Champion
1993/B. Lomas
12hp Honda
1989/N. Pendlebury
8hp Loncin OHV
Andrew D5903 1983/B. Lomas Bo-Bo 5hp Suzuki
2008/B. Lomas
8hp Honda

NB It must be noted that the name of the builder of any loco listed is not necessarily that of the owner.

47338 - Flying Dragon

47338 "Flying Dragon" was the fourth 47 constructed by Brian, in 1997, shortly before the move to Wyevale. She is based on the ubiquitous 2,750hp Class 47 built by Brush during the 60's and 70's for BR as a powerful general-purpose diesel locomotive. Flying Dragon is powered by a very reliable electric-start 8hp Loncin engine, replacing her original Honda unit, and drive is through an Eaton hydraulic gearbox. She is the first loco of choice for the railway; consequently she sees a very high mileage every year; in excess of 5000 trips every year. Due to her reliability and simplicity, she is also the first loco that drivers are trained on.

D1015 - Western Champion

"Western Champion" was built in 1993 for work at Brookside. At the time she was the most powerful locomotive on the line and also boasts air brakes. She is based on the BR Class 52 " Western " class of diesel-hydraulics built at Swindon and Crewe during the 1960's for use on the Western Region of British Railways from Paddington to Penzance. After 10 years of hard work at Brookside and the early years of the DMR, her 12hp Honda engine was replaced in 2004 with a 10hp unit from Tecumseh. After a few teething troubles with the new power unit she has now settled down and again sees regular service.


No. 2 "David" was the work of another volunteer at Brookside during the late 80's, Mr. Norman Pendlebury. She worked at Brookside alongside "Andrew" and D1015 until Norman left in the late 90's. David layed out of use at Brookside until 2004 when she moved to the DMR. A cab extension was carried out, but problems with her hydraulic drive unit kept her out of active service. However, during 2006, a second-hand hydraulic unit from 47338 was fitted, and "David" was brought back into revenue-earning service. She is regularly to be seen with the covered coaches in tow; the combination of a dry cab for the driver and covered coaches for passengers make her ideal for use when the weather isnt good. She has a very powerful headlight, which makes night-running easy with "David" around.

David's original 5hp Briggs and Stratton engine was replaced in early 2008 with a 8hp Loncin unit identical to that fitted to 47338. This has made David a much more versatile locomotive and will see more use over coming years.

D5903 - Andrew

This was the first locomotive built by Brian in 1983. Named after his son Andrew, The Loco is based off BR's class 23 Baby Deltic's built by the English Electric company in 1959, this model of a Baby Deltic spent 15 years hard work at Brookside MR in Poynton without failing once, covering on average 500 miles every year. Still retaining it's original engine after 25 years, in recent years she has been superseded by more powerful locomotives, though she is still kept in serviceable condition. It is hoped in the future to replace her wooden body with a steel one in common with the 47 and the Western, and bring her back into regular service.

Class 17 Clayton

The latest addition to the fleet is a Class 17 Clayton, It is based on the Clayton class built by Clayton Equipment and Beyer Peacock between 1962 - 1965 for British Railways. D8568 is the only sole survivour of the class to have been preserved and is owned by the Diesel Traction Group and made an appearance at the Severn Valley Railway diesel gala in October 1998. Ours is unique as it is built using a Class 47 chassis so is in Co-Co ( 3 axles per bogie ) wheel formation rather than Bo-Bo ( 2 axles per bogie ) like the prototypes. Technically identical to 47338 - a Honda 8hp OHV engine coupled to an Eaton 7 hydraulic unit provides the power. A full cab ensures that this machine will complement David during the winter months.

 She arrived on site in August 2008 and was complted in 2010