Wil­liam de­buts in sen­tinel homage

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A Sen­tinel 0-4-0VBT named by, and af­ter, LMS CME Sir Wil­liam Stanier has been launched into traf­fic at a cel­e­bra­tory gala at the Else­car Her­itage Rail­way. Built in 1956 for Cour­taulds Fi­bres Great Coates fac­tory in Grimsby, Wil­liam (Works No. 9959) was of­fi­cially re-launched into traf­fic on March 26 when a reen­act­ment of the nam­ing took place at Else­car. Dur­ing the event, Wil­liam worked with fel­low Sen­tinel 0-4-0VBT Ger­vase, a 1928 ver­ti­cal boiler con­ver­sion of an ear­lier Man­ning War­dle ‘H’ class 0-4-0ST. An­other Sen­tinel 0-4-0VBT, Works No. 9376 of 1947, which is cur­rently await­ing restora­tion, made a rare ap­pear­ance for pho­tog­ra­phy.

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