LOST BINBROOK ‘CRAB’ RESURFACES AT BURY

Steam Railway (UK) - - NEWS FOCUS -

LMS ‘Crab’ No. 42859, which was al­most scrapped in a le­gal dis­pute at its for­mer base of Binbrook Air­field in 2012, has reap­peared at the East Lan­cashire Rail­way.

A source at the line con­firmed to Steam Rail­way in late Oc­to­ber that the frames of the Hugh­esFowler 2-6-0 were in stor­age at Bury, and had been there for “weeks rather than days”.

He was un­able to con­firm why they had been brought to the line, or whether the ex-Barry en­gine had changed hands, but said that the ELR it­self had not ac­quired them.

The Crewe-built ‘Mogul’ was threat­ened with scrap­ping at the for­mer RAF Binbrook in late 2012, with its wheels be­ing re­moved (SR409). Its owner, Jim Arkell, moved the frames to a pri­vate site in Tux­ford, Not­ting­hamshire, the fol­low­ing year – but scrapped the boiler (SR424).

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