Published: 28-01-2008 photo #2943 3 comments 1 votes
While driving up the A1 near Peterborough, I saw the sign for the Nene Valley Railway and decided to drop in to see what was there. Just after I parked the car, the signals went up, so I went over to the signal box, explained that I was visiting from Sweden and was invited in. I was therefore able to get this picture of 73050 "City of Peterborough" arriving at Wansford.
She is actually owned now by the City of Peterborough.
Newly built, 73050 left Derby Works on 14th April 1954, and was chosen to represent the class at the "International Railway Congress, Willesden, London" between 26th & 29th May. After the exhibition, 73050 moved to its home shed of Bath Green Park to take up duties on the Somerset & Dorset (S&D) line from Bath to Bournemouth. 73050 was one of only 3 BR Standard Fives (73050 to 73052) to be built with the larger BR1G tender for working over this route - The only other locomotives to use these tenders were the large 9F, including the last steam locomotive to be built for BR, 92220 "Evening Star".
73050 sometimes piloted the famous "Pines Express". She remained on the S&D until 1964 when she was moved to Shrewsbury, before spending some time in store. In 1966 another move took 73050 to Agecroft, in Manchester, before finally ending up at Patricroft and eventual withdrawal in July 1968 having run approximately 825,000 miles.