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Another proud locomotive crew (and some extras!) stand with their gleaming charge! The location is believed to be outside a Goods Shed between 1875 and 1883.  Geoffrey Allen advises us: ”The locomotive is an 0-4-4WT (Well tank) from the Edward Fletcher designed BTP (Bogie Tank Passenger) class and was new from Darlington Works in June 1877. The location is Loftus and one of this class was stationed at Carlin How shed for working the local passenger service. With the introduction of the O Class 0-4-4T’s between 1894 and 1901 many of the BTP’s were deemed surplus to requirements and as a lot of the loco parts could be re-used, 60 were rebuilt at York and Darlington works as NER 290 Class (LNER J77)0-6-0T’s. This loco number 1115 was rebuilt at York in December 1901 and was not withdrawn (as 68409) until the 6th of November 1959 from Hull Dairycoates shed when it was 82 years old!

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection; with thanks Simon Chapman and Geoffrey Allen for the updates.

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