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Frank Moore – A Model of a Coal Tank Engine

A Model of a Coal Tank Engine

...a fitting tribute to his brother who he never forgot.

This locomotive was built by Tom Moore of Stradbrooke in Suffolk, in memory of his elder brother Rifleman Frank Moore who was killed in action in Italy during the Second World War.

The engine took ten years to build and pulled passengers around a circuit of 275 metre at Romford Engineering Club, Essex until 2008. It was known as the “Golden Engine” by the younger passengers. Built as a labour of love the Frank Moore locomotive is a fitting tribute to his brother who he never forgot.

Quick Facts

  • Made by Tom Moore
  • Made at Stradbrooke, Suffolk
  • Used at Romford Engineering Club, Essex
  • Made of copper and brass
  • Dimensions Length 840mm, Weight 45kgs, Gauge 12.7cm (5 in.)
  • Accession number WINGJ:/2009.4197
  • Donated to the museum 2008 

Facts

  • 6847925 Rifleman Frank Moore was born on 23 February 1918 and was ten years older than his brother Tom. Rifleman Moore more enlisted in 1940. He was serving with 1st Battalion The King’s Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC) when he was killed in action near Mezzano, northern Italy on 22 January 1945. He is buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Ravenna, Italy.

Did you know?

This locomotive was capable of pulling up to six adult passengers when in use.

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A Model of a Coal Tank Engine
A Model of a Coal Tank Engine

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