Rudyard Lake Steam Railway

Operated by Leek and Rudyard Railway Ltd

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Mordred is a 4 Wheel petrol engined locomotive. It has a standard BMC A series petrol engine from a morris minor car linked by a gearbox to the wheels. The clutch uses standard car parts and drive to the wheels is by chain.

The engine is very unusual in having been both 2 foot gauge and 15 inch gauge. it even went for a trip on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in Cumbria.

It was built by Terry Stanhope from Leeds in 1969.


Used now only for works trains it was originally used on passenger trains. A video showing this has come to light. It was used as a trial at the 2010 steam gala but was not successful as its gear ratios clashed with No. 5 Rudyard Lady.

Mordred was the evil brother of King Arthur. The engine got this name after it stopped working at the far end of the railway and had to be pushed back 1.5 miles to Rudyard by the driver Jim Hawksworth. Its now also nicknamed the Ferret.


The main improvement to the engine was the overhaul of the engine by Dave Cruikshank from Middlewich. The cab was lowered slightly, and a back fitted. The engine was then repainted in dark green and got the nickname and nameplates for the Ferret.

Air brake pipes have been fitted which work on the train. The engine only has a handbrake.