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A pop­u­lar Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 0-6-0T has changed hands and moved to a rail­way best known for its ef­forts to por­tray the main line scene in BR days.

Nechells No. 4 de­parted from the Chase­wa­ter Rail­way on Oc­to­ber 15 for its new base at the Great Cen­tral Rail­way.

The ex-Cen­tral Elec­tric­ity Au­thor­ity Mid­lands Di­vi­sion lo­co­mo­tive, which was pri­vately owned, has changed hands af­ter al­most eight years based at Chase­wa­ter. The 18in-cylin­dered lo­co­mo­tive has been out of traf­fic since its boiler cer­tifi­cate ex­pired in 2015.

Steam Rail­way un­der­stands that Nechells No. 4 will un­dergo a full over­haul at the Great Cen­tral.

The huge Nechells Power Sta­tion pro­vided Birm­ing­ham with elec­tric­ity from 1922 un­til 1982, but the lo­co­mo­tive is per­haps bet­ter known for its spell at Meaford Power Sta­tion, where it was No. 2. The 1951-built ma­chine (Works No. 7684) wore this iden­tity while based at the Fox­field Rail­way.


RSH 0-6-0T Nechells No. 4 in ac­tion at the Chase­wa­ter Rail­way on March 17 2012.

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