‘USA’ of the month
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MR-111 ‘USA’ 0-6-0T No. S73 British Railways unlined black
This short-lived colour scheme bridges the gap between the post-war Southern Railway and the early days of British Railways. Southern Railway No. 73 retained its number but with an ‘S’ prefix to denote ‘Southern Region’. Bulleid ‘sunshine’ green and yellow lettering was applied only to the tank sides, and spelt out ‘British Railways’ rather than simply ‘Southern’. The colour scheme was replaced by its new number, 30073, and BR’S ‘cycling lion’ emblem in 1951. No. 30073 would become one of the most popular ‘USAS’. It was the first of the class to undergo alteration in March 1948 when it was fitted with a modified bunker and regulator ‘to the requirement of the Docks and Marine Department’. It remained at Southampton until June 1963 when it was transferred to
Eastleigh before being withdrawn in January 1967 and sold to Cashmore’s of Newport. It was also the most popular locomotive of the fleet to take part in special workings, participating in eight between 1960-66.