After the war, Shell & ICI bought the site but retained the name Trimpell. The use of the site as a chemical works then continued until 1986, mainly for the production of ammonium nitrate fertilizers.
Colin Hartley has drawn our attention to this unusual shunting engine at Trimpell in the mid 20th century. It has no funnel at the front. The photo was posted recently on the All About Middleton Facebook page by Trevor Norris.
It appears to be that it is one of of only 14 ‘fireless’ engines built by Bagnalls of Stafford and it still exists in a restored state in Shrophire. Click here for more info (scroll down to 3019).
Note the long hangar building in the background which appears in the picture at the top right of this page..
Colin also mentioned that the Nuclear Power stations had a similar engine. This engine also still exists. Click here for a picture of it; there is information about it below the picture