RSH NECHELLS No. 4 MOVES TO LOUGHBOROUGH
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.