Mind the 150-year gap: ROBERT HARDMAN climbs aboard an original steam-powered London Underground train as it prepares to host a group of VIPs to mark its anniversary
As an international crowd of VIPs prepares to recreate the very first London Underground journey to mark its 150th birthday, our writer celebrates the feat of engineering genius.
Brian Owen 1950-2013 - Phil Trotter
Midland Railway 0-4-0T no.41535 takes water at Burrows Lodge Yard in June 1964. The Midland Railway 1528 Class was a class of small 0-4-0Ts designed for shunting. Ten were built in two batches - the first five (Nos 1528-33 in 1907) and the second five, 1534-7 in 1921-1922, with detail differences between the batches. After nationalisation in 1948, British Railways added 40000 to their numbers to become 41528-37. Photo: Brian Owen
69549 at Grantham shed 7th May 1961. Built by the North British Loco Co Works No 22626 as GNR No 1770 in April 1921 she was withdrawn in September 1961 and scrapped at Doncaster in October 1961. Photo details Negative scan Ilford HP3 Film Camera Ensign Selfix 820.
W G Bagnall Works No 2996 Victor No 403 0-6-0ST
Introduced1951DesignerHarold WoodCompanyW G BagnallWeightt cwtDriving Wheels4ft 3inBoiler PressurepsiCylindersOutside – 18in x 24inTractive Effort25,250lbfValve GearWalschaert (piston valve) This l…
SR W Class steam locomotive class – Lost Class
Transporting various freight traffic around London yards on difficult lines, the W Class was specially designed for handling these trains.