75079, BR Standard Class 4MT at Ropley shed

Published: 28-02-2009 photo #6127 1 comments 0 votes

Category:Steam Locomotives    Manufacturer:Swindon Railway Works    Country:England    Year:2009 Contributor:Peter Langsdale

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Photographed on 12 February 2009 at the Mid-Hants Railway (the Watercress Line) locomotive shed.
Class introduced 1951, designed at Brighton, 75079 was built at Swindon in 1956, and fitted with a double chimney in 1957.
Withdrawn: Eastleigh, November 1966, arrived Barry Scrapyard: April 1967, departed Barry Scrapyard: 12 March 1982, arrived P.V.R.: 16 March 1982.
Departed P.V.R.: 27 April 2007.
The locomotive was jointly owned by the Plym Valley Railway Association and the Plym Valley Railway Company Ltd.
On 12 March 1982, 75079 became the 139th locomotive to leave the Barry scrap yard and on the following Tuesday 16 March, she was delivered to the P.V.R.
75079 was the first locomotive to arrive on the Plym Valley Railway. Numerically, the engine is the last 4-6-0 of the famous Swindon line, and when new in 1956 she worked the Sunday, Swindon to Plymouth fish train. Thereafter, her working life was spent on the Southern Region, almost totally on the Waterloo-Bournemouth-Weymouth route, but forays to the West Country were made now and again.
No major restoration work was carried out on 75079 since she arrived at the Plym Valley Railway, as it was felt that the money raised by the Railway would be better spent on actually re-building the line towards Plym Bridge. Any money raised by the 75079 sub-group, set up to oversee the loco's restoration, went on purchasing the missing components, such as cab fittings and the motion.
An offer to purchase 75079 was received and after an Extraordinary General Meeting, held on Saturday 21st April, the decision was made to sell 75079, complete with all the accumulated parts, to the Mid Hants Railway. The locomotive was transported to her new home on Friday 27th April 2007 and is currently in the state shown here.

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