Built by Manning Wardle & Company in 1875 for the ill-fated Port William Tramway, Cornwall. The locomotive was acquired by Isaac Watt Boulton in 1878 when the Tramway folded.
Boulton hired GUNNER to several contractors before it ended up at Candlebridge and in 1888. Butler purchased GUNNER from Boulton in 1895.
The classic Manning Wardle saddle-tank; GUNNER is similar to the two engines built for the Ffestiniog & Blaenau Railway in 1868, albeit smaller in stature.
GUNNER maintained the brunt of Tramway operations until the outbreak of the great war in 1914, when it’s use became more sporadic.
Although built with inherent design flaws, these have been addressed by Boot Lane Workshops, and GUNNER is believed to be the oldest surviving (and working) Manning Wardle in the UK?
Current status – in service