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West Somerset Railway 7/7

BR standard class 7 70000 Britannia stands in the yard at Williton and this shot was grabbed through the window of my moving train as it went past.

 

70000 Britannia was built at Crewe, completed on January 2, 1951. She was the first British Railways standard locomotive to be built and the first of 55 locomotives of the Britannia class. The locomotive was named at a ceremony at Marylebone Station by the then Minister for Transport Alfred Barnes on 30 January 1951.  For her entire operational life, she was allocated to Norwich Thorpe engine shed.

Britannia was withdrawn in May 1966, after 15 years of service.

 

Since it was retired from British Railways this locomotive changed hands several times and currently, after quite a large and expensive overhaul she is back into use pulling excursion trains on the national network and visiting heritage railways in between.


All being well we will be joining Tiff's gathering in Dudley today, hopefully we may get the chance to meet a few of you U.K.Shutterchancers there as well.

 

West Somerset Railway 7/7

BR standard class 7 70000 Britannia stands in the yard at Williton and this shot was grabbed through the window of my moving train as it went past.

 

70000 Britannia was built at Crewe, completed on January 2, 1951. She was the first British Railways standard locomotive to be built and the first of 55 locomotives of the Britannia class. The locomotive was named at a ceremony at Marylebone Station by the then Minister for Transport Alfred Barnes on 30 January 1951.  For her entire operational life, she was allocated to Norwich Thorpe engine shed.

Britannia was withdrawn in May 1966, after 15 years of service.

 

Since it was retired from British Railways this locomotive changed hands several times and currently, after quite a large and expensive overhaul she is back into use pulling excursion trains on the national network and visiting heritage railways in between.


All being well we will be joining Tiff's gathering in Dudley today, hopefully we may get the chance to meet a few of you U.K.Shutterchancers there as well.

 

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Sep 2011, 01:52
An elegant workhorse, Brian...nice shot from your moving seat, too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, these were very good engines.
I like this series of train shots Brian. Reminds me of my visit to the GWR, Minehead.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Pamela. The station at Minehead is a good place to visit.
  • Chantal
  • Germany
  • 4 Sep 2011, 07:18
you have some great POV's in this series Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
Good to see her looking in such fine condition
Brian Walbey: Yes she has been a bit up and down since her last overhaul Bill.
It used to be green when it was doing a 'proper job' back in the 60's
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed it did Richard and through Cambridge on the Norwich services I presume.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 4 Sep 2011, 08:50
I've had the pleasure of seeing her on a recent excursion to my part of the world; good to see her in steam again. I like the inclusion of the people here; it shows just had big she is.
Brian Walbey: Yes she has had a few problems since her last overhaul.
Brit's were one of my favourites back in the day Brian, have a good day!
Brian Walbey: They were great engines Frank. We all had a good day at Dudley, about a dozen of us plus families etc.
You managed a good one here Brian. Great image.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances.
Monster Loco! Cracking shot from a moving train smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Dave.

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