One of a pair of battery mining locomotives built for the Dudley Minning Corporation, by Boot Lane Works in 1947.
Returned to Boot Lane in 1952 as “surplus to requirements”, SOLDIER was re-built with a diesel generator and pressed into service at Candlebridge.
Re-engined in 1982, a new Gardener diesel replaced the 1950s Foden unit.
SOLDIER still sees plenty of action at Candlebridge, though mostly on engineering trains, he is still more than capable of hauling a passenger service should the need arise!