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Times Past On The Rails 3/5

BR Standard Class 4 Tank at Swanwick Junction.

Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, mid 1990's.


 

Designed by Robert Riddles, 80080 was built by British Railways at their Brighton Works and entered revenue earning traffic in March 1954 and was initially allocated to Plaistow m.p.d. (33A). Her work was in a pool of locomotives hauling the daily commuter services into Fenchurch Street – the London terminus of the London Tilbury & Southend line.

 

In 1962 when this line became electrified, she was moved to Croes Newydd (Wrexham) Depot in North Wales from where she operated on rural lines in the North and Central Wales area. She remained there until July 1965 when she was withdrawn from traffic and by January 1966 had been moved to Messrs. Woodham Brothers yard in Barry, South Wales where she awaited being cut up for scrap.

 

80080 remained in Woodhams Yard for 14 years succumbing to the ravages weather, metal thieves, and later preservationists removing parts. When the locomotive was purchased in Autumn 1980 all non ferrous and motion parts were missing and she was no more than a skeletal hulk. 80080 left Barry Yard on 4th November 1980 and arrived at Matlock, the then headquarters of Peak Rail, two days later.

 

Restoration to working order took 7 years and was completed in October 1987 at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, where the owning group had moved the locomotive in 1983. Passed for main line running she clocked up 37,000 miles up to December 1997 travelling to many parts of the country, all by rail.


80080 remained in traffic at Butterley giving reliable sterling service throughout 1996. Her annual boiler exam became due in December 1996 and the opportunity was taken for a limited amount of heavier maintenance and 80080 re-entered traffic in late February 1997 in ex-works condition and very nice she looked too.  
80080 has recently undergone a heavy overhaul at West Shed and was due back in service at the East Lancashire Railway in 2011.

 



Times Past On The Rails 3/5

BR Standard Class 4 Tank at Swanwick Junction.

Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, mid 1990's.


 

Designed by Robert Riddles, 80080 was built by British Railways at their Brighton Works and entered revenue earning traffic in March 1954 and was initially allocated to Plaistow m.p.d. (33A). Her work was in a pool of locomotives hauling the daily commuter services into Fenchurch Street – the London terminus of the London Tilbury & Southend line.

 

In 1962 when this line became electrified, she was moved to Croes Newydd (Wrexham) Depot in North Wales from where she operated on rural lines in the North and Central Wales area. She remained there until July 1965 when she was withdrawn from traffic and by January 1966 had been moved to Messrs. Woodham Brothers yard in Barry, South Wales where she awaited being cut up for scrap.

 

80080 remained in Woodhams Yard for 14 years succumbing to the ravages weather, metal thieves, and later preservationists removing parts. When the locomotive was purchased in Autumn 1980 all non ferrous and motion parts were missing and she was no more than a skeletal hulk. 80080 left Barry Yard on 4th November 1980 and arrived at Matlock, the then headquarters of Peak Rail, two days later.

 

Restoration to working order took 7 years and was completed in October 1987 at the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, where the owning group had moved the locomotive in 1983. Passed for main line running she clocked up 37,000 miles up to December 1997 travelling to many parts of the country, all by rail.


80080 remained in traffic at Butterley giving reliable sterling service throughout 1996. Her annual boiler exam became due in December 1996 and the opportunity was taken for a limited amount of heavier maintenance and 80080 re-entered traffic in late February 1997 in ex-works condition and very nice she looked too.  
80080 has recently undergone a heavy overhaul at West Shed and was due back in service at the East Lancashire Railway in 2011.

 



comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Dec 2011, 00:35
Now she is probably better than new, Brian. Fine shot and narrative!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, no doubt she is as you say, they are very well looked after these days.
very nice
well framed having all the elements in there
Brian Walbey: Thanks Rob. About the only thing missing is the platform which is has just left.
B&W takes us back in time just right
Brian Walbey: Yes it just had to be monochrome Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Dec 2011, 06:59
These were wonderfully powerful locos Brian: we had them on the S&D in latter days working from Bath right through to Bournemouth
Brian Walbey: Yes indeed they are powerful Chris, and quite a few have been saved I believe.
Days gone by ... good stuff Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Dec 2011, 08:30
It's like seeing a model-train display, Brian, up close and personal. Did I ever tell you how much I love model trains?! smile
Brian Walbey: I have always wanted a proper model railway and part built one in our garage but never finished it so I have now sold it and put the money towards my new computer.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Dec 2011, 09:22
Classic shot Brian - very fine indeed.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Mike.
very nice indeed Brian. I send you one of mine for your collection:
http://offtravels.shutterchance.com/theme/48-railwaysferrocarrilescable-car/image/2010/09/09/jcrubiooakham-level-crossingrjpg/?sort=title&order=asc

Famous Birdfair is celebrated there at Oakham
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan. You should have received my lengthy reply by separate email I hope.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 21 Dec 2011, 10:38
Steam trains could be the capital, or epicentre of nostalgia Brian.
Brian Walbey: Indeed Chad, along with Traction Engines, Tractors, Buses etc., need I go on.
It's interesting to see the signal box - it seems that there was a pretty standard design for such boxes, regardless of the original line company. I suppose it is a matter of form following function.
Brian Walbey: Ones shaped in this style were mainly built on the old Midland Region Tom. The famous one is still standing at Oakham and is now "listed" and was the pattern for the Airfix model kit we both of us might have built back when we were children.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Dec 2011, 14:50
I would love to be on the train, I really enjoyed a trip to London recently, but not on one of these smile
Brian Walbey: Yes this is quite a pleasant, if short, ride.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Dec 2011, 15:32
Those were the days, Brian - as I said yesterday, black and white suits the subject so well
Brian Walbey: In this case B & W.really does work well Lisl but Thursdays image really needs the colour.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Dec 2011, 15:40
Top notch b&w Brian, and a good shot also smile
Brian Walbey: Many thanks John.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Dec 2011, 18:05
Yes, I agree to Lisl, your b&w -photo captures the smoky flair of those old locos and stations very well- the railway was the main means of transportation when we travelled away - and we lived near a railway - so that I can recall the sounds of the locos!
Brian Walbey: I used to travel on the trains quite a bit when I was a boy because my Dad worked for the railway and we got free and cheap tickets.
I have always like these big tank engines Brian. interesting history of this fine example
Brian Walbey: Yes these were good engines Bill.
Mr Pig likes this.
Brian Walbey: I thought he might somehow because his best mate Bill does.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Dec 2011, 20:44
A utilitarian workhorse but there's nothing wrong with that; we can't all be the Flying Scotman! I've seen one of her class on the West Somerset a few years ago.
Brian Walbey: Yes I've seen a few of these about Alan, good machines for almost anything.
I was stood on the top step of this box a few weeks ago photographing 73129, an interesting place and well suited to monochrome.
Brian Walbey: We've only been to MRC once and would you believe all the locos had Thomas faces on, hence the back view of this one, but I think it works well.

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