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Severn Valley railway one of a lot

Bit of Choccie box for a Wednesday.

 

The LMS Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 is a class of steam locomotive primarily designed for medium freight work but also widely used on secondary passenger services. The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) built 162 of this type between 1947 and 1952, but only three were built by the LMS before nationalisation in 1948. Designed by H.G. Ivatt, they were classified 4F by the LMS and 4MT by BR. In BR days they were used extensively across the system, being prevalent on the London Midland region and to a lesser extent elsewhere, notably on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, an East Anglian line that had previously been joint owned by the LMS and LNER, where they became the dominant locomotive type. They were also used for a short period on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, but were quickly transferred elsewhere, never to return, because of poor steaming on the line's long and steep gradients – this was before modifications were made to the design which improved steaming notably.

 

Only one example survived into preservation, No 43106, the final member of the class in service, which was based at Lostock Hall depot, near Preston. Its last operational turn was just before Easter in 1968, but its last turn was interrupted by a derailment in Colne Goods Yard. Since 43106 had already been selected as the best of the remaining small group, a 'search party' was despatched on Easter Tuesday to survey the damage. It was felt that damage was so minimal the prospective owners would investigate the ease of a repair. On its return to Lostock Hall, the locomotive was repaired by fitters from Carnforth, that repair exists to this day. However it derailed again at Lostock Hall when being prepared for a test run in late July. It was steamed for the final time by British Railways on 1 August 1968 and departed at about 15:30 with one member of its new owning consortium on board. This was only after lengthy discussions to get the locomotive moved in live steam before 4 August, the end of steam operation on BR. The journey was carefully routed to limit movement 'under the wires', via Frodsham, Chester and Shrewsbury. The journey through the West Midlands continued via Wolverhampton High Level towards Bescot and Pleck Junction, where after a movement around a triangular junction to ensure it arrived the 'right way round' the light engine continued on the Stourbridge Junction where it stabled overnight in the exchange sidings, now part of the extensive car park. On 2 August it continued on to its new life in preservation on the Severn Valley Railway appearing on the front page of the Shropshire Journal with three of its new owners giving it a much needed clean. It is affectionately known as theFlying Pig, although many railwaymen referred to the Ivatt 4s as Doodlebugs.

A major overhaul of the locomotive was completed in 2009 and it is currently operational after having damage repaired that it received during a derailment at Hampton Loade soon after returning to service.

Severn Valley railway one of a lot

Bit of Choccie box for a Wednesday.

 

The LMS Ivatt Class 4 2-6-0 is a class of steam locomotive primarily designed for medium freight work but also widely used on secondary passenger services. The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) built 162 of this type between 1947 and 1952, but only three were built by the LMS before nationalisation in 1948. Designed by H.G. Ivatt, they were classified 4F by the LMS and 4MT by BR. In BR days they were used extensively across the system, being prevalent on the London Midland region and to a lesser extent elsewhere, notably on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, an East Anglian line that had previously been joint owned by the LMS and LNER, where they became the dominant locomotive type. They were also used for a short period on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, but were quickly transferred elsewhere, never to return, because of poor steaming on the line's long and steep gradients – this was before modifications were made to the design which improved steaming notably.

 

Only one example survived into preservation, No 43106, the final member of the class in service, which was based at Lostock Hall depot, near Preston. Its last operational turn was just before Easter in 1968, but its last turn was interrupted by a derailment in Colne Goods Yard. Since 43106 had already been selected as the best of the remaining small group, a 'search party' was despatched on Easter Tuesday to survey the damage. It was felt that damage was so minimal the prospective owners would investigate the ease of a repair. On its return to Lostock Hall, the locomotive was repaired by fitters from Carnforth, that repair exists to this day. However it derailed again at Lostock Hall when being prepared for a test run in late July. It was steamed for the final time by British Railways on 1 August 1968 and departed at about 15:30 with one member of its new owning consortium on board. This was only after lengthy discussions to get the locomotive moved in live steam before 4 August, the end of steam operation on BR. The journey was carefully routed to limit movement 'under the wires', via Frodsham, Chester and Shrewsbury. The journey through the West Midlands continued via Wolverhampton High Level towards Bescot and Pleck Junction, where after a movement around a triangular junction to ensure it arrived the 'right way round' the light engine continued on the Stourbridge Junction where it stabled overnight in the exchange sidings, now part of the extensive car park. On 2 August it continued on to its new life in preservation on the Severn Valley Railway appearing on the front page of the Shropshire Journal with three of its new owners giving it a much needed clean. It is affectionately known as theFlying Pig, although many railwaymen referred to the Ivatt 4s as Doodlebugs.

A major overhaul of the locomotive was completed in 2009 and it is currently operational after having damage repaired that it received during a derailment at Hampton Loade soon after returning to service.

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Sep 2014, 00:49
Lovely carriages at the next platform, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Beautiful aren't they Ray? That was the train we went on. They are LNER wooden carriages...from the 1930s I think
A very lovely shot, Bill!
Bill Phillips: Thanks E. Frank will probably recognise the LNER wooden carriages
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Sep 2014, 06:45
a bit chocolate just for Chris' eyes and feeling today!
Bill Phillips: Yes chocolate for the birthday boy ( I had forgotten)
Gotta love the choccie boxes, Bill!
Bill Phillips: Thank you ginnie...they are fun to do
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2014, 06:58
These locos were known as "flying pigs" and are associated in my mind with the lamented M&GNR which ran from the Midlands to East Anglia, taking generations of Wolverhamptonites & Black Country workers to see the sea at Cromer and all places east. Happy days, except for the engine crews who had to endure this frightful slow line and poorly steaming locomotives..
Bill Phillips: Indeed they were and also Doodlebugs.
great wide angle of this fantastic old railroad station... and those great old trains Bill... good treatment... everything just pops....petersmile
Bill Phillips: 5 shot HDR Peter!
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 3 Sep 2014, 08:12
Aargh -someone has electrified the photo - I am off to the pig!
Bill Phillips: Hahahaha Sorry Mike!
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 3 Sep 2014, 09:03
Bit of a choccie box for a Wednesday just does not do the business in terms of a catchy title. You need so,etching punchy like Droitwich Freitag.
Bill Phillips: I do not need to resort to shoddy commercialism in order to get my pictures seen and appreciated
What a delightful shot Bill!
Bill Phillips: Thank you kindly Richard.
Days of elegance, Bill.
Bill Phillips: They were indeed Pauline
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Sep 2014, 09:33
Looks like its plugged to to charge the batteries in the tender. Perhaps this a new breed of hybrid locomotives running on electrical power in places before engaging the steam engine? Of course, it could just be a water hose, I suppose....
Bill Phillips: Usually the simple answer is the correct one Alan
love the treatment. even the red of the BR logo on the tender behind stands out. nice finish on the exterior of the passenger cars too
Bill Phillips: It looks better full screen on Flickr Ayush
The wooden train is very attractive and the shot is a beaut.
Bill Phillips: It was a pleasure to travel on Mary
A fine image Bill, again so much to look at, but the real highlight for me, coming from LNER territory, is those two fine Gresley coaches, I made many journeys in coaches like these as a youngster.
Bill Phillips: Beautiful aren't they Brian?
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Sep 2014, 14:37
Aahhh those were the days .....
Bill Phillips: Oh they were indeed Anne
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2014, 16:11
What a smart picture, Bill
Bill Phillips: Thank you kindly Lisl.
This is a smashing shot, Bill, I remember seeing lots of these, not a ' namer' so no excitement! I had to explain the use of choccie box to Elizabeth.The carriages are wonderful. This engine seems to have a propensity to derail, bit of a rebel. smile
Bill Phillips: It was all about names when I had my Ian Allen Locospotters book. Down in Exeter never saw these. Western region and Southern stuff
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 3 Sep 2014, 22:29
Did you and Chris decide to team up on ideas for today's posting
Bill Phillips: Pure coincidence comrade
I'm waiting for the waxed lyrics from Mr Shaw! smile
Bill Phillips: Luckily he is on holiday Fred

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