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