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Double headed locomotives at the Midland Railway

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year before steam locomotives were completely withdrawn from Britain’s railways.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.”

Email; midland.railway@btconnect.com

Web www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk

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