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Britannia was withdrawn in May 1966, after 15 years of service.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