The Midland Railway – Butterley will be having a visiting steam locomotive over the
Spring period and is taking the opportunity to hold a special double headed day on Monday 25th April.
This will see two steam locomotives on the trains throughout the day and unusually
they will be identical locomotives.
The visiting locomotive is an 0-6-0 tank locomotive that was originally built for the
London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1926 by the North British Locomotive
Company and is numbered 47324. The home based locomotive was also built by the
same company in the same year and is numbered 47327.
The simple but rugged design dates back to the Midland Railway and was used for
shunting and short distance trains throughout the London Midland and Scottish
Railway. Members of this very useful class remained in service until 1967 only one
year before steam locomotives were completely withdrawn from Britain’s railways.
Alan Calladine the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said “ It will be great
to see these two locomotives in use at the Midland Railway – Butterley, especially
with them being built in the same works so close together 85 years ago.”