Tractacus

Tractacus

Posted on 08/06/2013


Photo taken on October 26, 1967



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The solitary BR Standard Class 8 4-6-2 71000 'Duke of Gloucester', seen in Dai Woodhams scrapyard at Barry Island 5 years after being withdrawn from service.
Not deemed worthy of saving, just the cylinders and Caprotti valve gear were put aside for display.
After purchase by enthusiasts in 1974, a 13 year restoration project completely reversed the poor steaming qualities for which the loco was noted, and is now a free steaming and very powerful loco.
For the record, the locos in front of the Duke are BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75014, LMS Crab 2-6-0 42765 and BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 92134.
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Erhard Bernstein, Polyrus, Eunice Perkins, Stig Baumeyer and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
An impressive locomotive and story.
3 years ago.
Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins
Glad it was not left to rust.
2 years ago.
Polyrus
Polyrus
A marvellous documentary record.
As an aside, I saw 75014 and 92134 rusting together at Grosmont in August 1981. I wonder when they will meet again...
2 years ago.