THE LAST TIME A MAIN LINE LO­CO­MO­TIVE WAS ‘DE-AC­CES­SIONED’

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

Prior to the gift­ing of LSWR ‘T3’ No. 563 to the Swanage Rail­way in March, and the gift­ing of NSR No. 2 to the Fox­field Rail­way in April 2016, the Na­tional Rail­way Mu­seum had not ‘deac­ces­sioned’ any main line steam lo­co­mo­tive from the Na­tional Col­lec­tion for 22 years. The last such dis­posal was the French ‘Nord’ Com­pound 4-6-0 No. 3.628, which was sold to a pri­vate in­di­vid­ual in June 1994, af­ter ly­ing out of use in sid­ings at the Nene Val­ley Rail­way for sev­eral years. The lo­co­mo­tive re­turned to France in 2008, and hav­ing been cos­met­i­cally re­stored can now be seen at the AJECTA round­house at Longueville, some 60 miles south-east of Paris.

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