Richard Foster, Ed­i­tor

Model Rail (UK) - - Reviews -

It con­tin­ues to amaze me that just when you think some as­pect of rail­way his­tory has gone un­recorded, a pho­to­graph or two sud­denly turns up.

All our usual sources drew a blank when it came to find­ing pho­to­graphs of ‘16XX’ No. 1607 in NCB ser­vice. Even the in­ter­net came up short. But no sooner had we an­nounced our plans to pro­duce No. 1607 in a light NCB green (MR-309B), in­spired by ‘57XX’ cousin No. 7754, than Model Rail reader Steve Whittaker sent us these pho­to­graphs.

Steve, founder of the group that owns GWR ‘28XX’ No. 2857, dropped into Cyn­hei­dre col­liery en route to Pem­brokeshire for a hol­i­day in 1969. He takes up the story…

“I found No. 1607 in a ter­ri­ble state but com­plete, in­clud­ing cab­side num­ber­plates, al­though it had clearly been with­drawn from ser­vice. It was dirty, but still in BR black liv­ery, com­plete with yel­low route restric­tion discs on the cab­sides. The fol­low­ing month, it was re­ported that the Worces­ter Lo­co­mo­tive So­ci­ety had bought all the cab fittings shortly be­fore it went for scrap.”

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