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February 2019 - The new season sees the return to steam of BR Standard 4 locomotive 75069 4-6-0.  This has been absent for a number of years pending a full restoration to working order.  This loco did not receive the benefit of being stored in the Engine House at Highley, so was in a poor condition.

The Standard Class 4 was a batch of 80 engines, light enough to work secondary  main ines, and is  ideal for SVR purposes.  75069 was built  at Swindon in September 1955, and was based on the Southern region of British Railways  at various depots before withdrawal towards the end of 1966.  The fairly short working life was because BR management had decided to cease using main line steam traction by 1968.  It was sent to the scrapyard at Barry , South Wales where it lingered until 1973.  

 

Photo A Coley

Photo A Coley

Photo A Coley

 

 

 

The 75069 Fund purchased the engine 1973 and it steamed for the first time in preservation in 1984, completing ten years in traffic.