MR-104A ‘USA’ 0-6-0T No. 30064, in BR lined green

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Built at the Vul­can Iron­works in 1943 as USA Trans­porta­tion Corps No. 1959, it was in ser­vice with SR in June 1947 where it be­came No. 64. It spent much of its life in and around Southamp­ton docks. At na­tion­al­i­sa­tion, it be­came No. 30064 but re­mained on the south coast, apart from a brief spell at the Mel­don Quarry in Oke­hamp­ton to the West of Ex­eter, when it was needed to cover for re­pairs to No. 30062. Although No. 30064 re­mained there idle for the du­ra­tion, the quarry closed soon af­ter and it was re­turned to Eastleigh. De­spite be­ing noted as di­lap­i­dated and with­drawn in Oc­to­ber 1962, it was re­painted in green in Fe­bru­ary 1964, to­gether with No. 30073, and it be­came a pop­u­lar choice for rail­tours in the late 1960s. It was with­drawn on the last day of South­ern Re­gion steam, on July 9 1967. It is now part of the col­lec­tion at the Blue­bell Rail­way.

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