STANIER ‘8F’ 2-8-0 No. 48151

Steam Railway (UK) - - End-Of-Steam Survivors -

This ‘8F’ only just qual­i­fies as a 1968 sur­vivor, hav­ing been with­drawn in the first month of steam’s fi­nal year – al­though the move that would en­sure its sur­vival, to Dai Wood­ham’s Barry scrap­yard, would not take place un­til the Septem­ber.

The sec­ond ‘8F’ to leave Barry, in Novem­ber 1975, it was the first ex-BR lo­co­mo­tive to be based at the Emb­say Steam Rail­way, though it had moved on to But­ter­ley by the time its restora­tion was com­pleted in June 1987.

To­day it is the only main line-cer­ti­fied mem­ber of its class, and a reg­u­lar per­former on West Coast Rail­ways op­er­a­tions in the north, such as the ‘Dales­mans’ over the ‘Set­tle & Carlisle’ and the ‘Scar­bor­ough Spa Ex­presses’.

Sta­tus: Op­er­a­tional Lo­ca­tion: West Coast Rail­way Co, Carn­forth Owner: David Smith Built: Crewe, Septem­ber 1942 With­drawn: Northwich, Jan­uary 1968

JOHN COOPER-SMITH

The work­man­like lines of Stanier’s ‘8F’ de­sign in pro­file as No. 48151 crosses Bir­kett Com­mon with the ‘Dales­man’ on May 22.

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