Where are they now?

Looking through some old files I came across this scan of one of my pre-digital era slides. It shows Midland ‘half cab’ No.41708, drifting towards Keighley, with the Vintage Carriage Trust’s Metropolitan Railway carriages – it got me thinking about engines which have run in preservation but no longer do so – No.41708 being a case in point.

There are, I’m sure, many others locomotives which have had their time in the spot light, Castle No.5080 Defiant, WC No.34016 Bodmin, NBR 0-6-0 No.65243 Maude and Jinties No.47279 and No.47383 come to mind- ‘pending overhaul’ covers a multitude of sins. It is 50 years this year since steam ended on BR and, despite the passage of half a century, there are still engines out there which, although saved from being cut up, remain in ‘Ex-Barry condition’ or have been given ‘cosmetic’ restoration to prevent further decay. Included in this number are Bulleid Pacifics, GWR Halls, and BR Class 9F, amongst others.

The other side of the coin, as it were, there are quite a few ‘new builds’ being undertaken and one, No.60163 Tornado, has been around for quite some time now, out on the main line and appearing on heritage lines too. On a slightly different scale the 82045 Locomotive Trust, of which I am a member, are well down the road with a new build of the BR Standard Class 3 2-6-2T to be numbered No.82045. In many ways the ideal locomotive for a heritage railway operation, and good for the crew too with decent weather protection when running bunker first – unlike the poor souls running tender first in the half-cab!

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