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 She remained there until July 1965 when she was withdrawn from traffic and by January 1966 had been moved to Messrs.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.
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