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Friday, 5 November 2010

First 'B1' on the Blog

I am delighted to include a pic of an LNER class 'B1' of Edward Thompson in today's post (5th November 2010), a 'first' for our blog. The pic was taken ion 4th April 2005 as the locomotive and support coach passed, southbound, through Winwick.










Edward Thompson succeeded Sir Nigel Gresley in 1941 as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the LNER. His class of 'B1' 4-6-0, mixed-traffic locomotives was the LNER equivalent of the GWR 'Hall' class and the LMS 'Black 5' class - 410 'B1' locomotives were eventually built. The first one, No.8301, hit LNER metals in 1942 and was named Springbok. The 'B1' in Bob's shot, No.61264, is owned by the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust; she was rescued from the scrap heap in 1976 and completely restored for mainline duties by 1997. She is currently undergoing boiler renovation. A second 'B1' is currently preserved on the Nene Valley Railway - No.61306, Mayflower.


The second pic in today's post is from Bevan Price. He shot a triple-heading, light-engine consist of EWS liveried, DBS locos passing through Winwick, northbound, on 18th October 2010. They were class 67, 67026, class 67, 67017 Arrow, and class 92, 92019 Wagner. The working was Arpley-Mossend.



The final pic is from Jeff Nicholls, taken at Winwick on 3rd September 2005. BR, two-tone green class 47, 47851 (D168) Traction Magazine, is depicted according to Jeff "on a northbound special working that returned behind locomotive No.71000 Duke of Gloucester".

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