Nick Eady.

Nick Eady.

Posted on 08/05/2017

Photo taken on July 30, 2017

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Locomotive details-
Builder: R. Stephenson & Hawthorn Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Built: 1945, works no.7169
Wheel Arrangement: 0-6-0ST
Wheel diameter: 4’ 3”
Boiler Pressure: 170psi.
Weight : 48 tons 5 cwt.
71515 was commissioned by the War Department in 1945 from Robert Stevenson and Hawthorns as WD71515, but, with WW2 all but over, was quickly put to work at the Swalwell Disposal Point in what was then the county of Durham, but is now Tyne & Wear. At the time the opencast disposal point was worked by Mechanical Navvies Limited, and it is in that company’s livery that the loco now appears.
It was taken into preservation by 1974 to the East Somerset Railway, where shortly after arrival she was was liveried in BR black with the spurious running number 68005.
By 1995 she was in service at the Bolton and Embsay Railway, still in BR black and where she was nicknamed ‘The Mog’. She was overhauled in 2004, but burst a boiler tube two years later and was laid aside.
Three years later, following interest shown by a PBR member, she was purchased in August 2009, and in the following month, taken to the Flour Mill works in the Forest of Dean for repair, and repainting into her original colour. She arrived at Furnace Sidings on 28 April 2010, and has worked the majority of services scheduled for steam haulage since. Her sure-footed bark as she tackles the steep grade between bridge 16 and Whistle Inn, and mournful Midland-style hooter is a familiar sound over Blaenavon.

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Gorgeous !
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