Richard Foster, Editor
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“I found No. 1607 in a terrible state but complete, including cabside numberplates, although it had clearly been withdrawn from service.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.”