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Numbers Carried
Company Number Date From
War Dept. 878 m/e 08/1944
War Dept. 70878 m/e 01/1945
British Railways 90345 m/e 02/1951

Locomotive Specifics
Class WD/8
Company History WD
Wheels 2-8-0
Builder North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow
Order Number L943
Works Number 24946
To Service During 08/1944
Withdrawal Sat 24/06/1967
Service Life 22 yrs, 10 mths , 24 dys

Scrapping During 11/1967 at Cox and Danks (Wadsley Bridge)

Code Subsequent Codes Name From Date
    (New) m/e 08/1944
BTN   Brighton (on loan) (On loan from War Department) on 04/11/1947
BA   Bricklayers Arms 8w/e 08/01/1949
BTN   Brighton 4w/e 30/06/1949
91M   To London Midland Region 4w/e 17/06/1950
55D   Royston w/e 14/09/1963
55E   Normanton w/e 13/06/1964
56A   Wakefield 4w/e 09/10/1965
     Withdrawn on 24/06/1967

SLS Allocations*
Type Code Name From Date
LOAN BTN Brighton on 04/11/1947
ALLOC BA Bricklayers Arms 8w/e 08/01/1949
ALLOC BTN Brighton 4w/e 30/06/1949
LOAN 25B Huddersfield Hillhouse w/e 27/05/1950
ALLOC 55D Royston w/e 14/09/1963
ALLOC 55E Normanton 5w/e 13/06/1964
ALLOC 56A Wakefield 4w/e 09/10/1965
WDN   on 24/06/1967

* Stephenson Locomotive Society data - raw and not yet cross-referenced

Mentions ...
Report Date Title Report Source
30/09/1947 Brighton Works Some of the 'Pacifics' of the 'West Country' or 'Battle of Britain' Class have recently been noted outside Brighton Works with names with the Air Force motto in oval frame underneath: Nos. 21C153 Sir Keith Park; 21C165 Hurricane; 21C166 Spitfire and 21C167 Tangmere. Later the names were covered, presumably for an official ceremony similar to those mentioned in the daily Press, e.g., 21C151 Winston Churchill; 21C152 Lord Dowding; 21C164 Fighter Command etc. The Kent & East Sussex 'Terrier' No. KES3 (ex L.B. & S.C.R. No. 70 Poplar) which entered Brighton Works at the end of April came out on September 13th painted green with black border and yellow lining. The Stroudley combined sandbox and splasher is retained but the engine is otherwise externally similar to the 'AIX' but without the rear toolbox. The copper top of the chimney is painted black. 'Austerity' No. 77037 has also recently been repaired and painted unlined black. Noteworthy engines in shops on 13/9 were: Nos. 2004, 2021, 2039, 2252 , also 'Austerity' 2-8-0's Nos. 70878 (Nimes), 77007 (Hazebrouk), 77094 (Creil), 77122 (Acheres), 77150 (Dunkerque) and 77286 (Huizen), and the last three of the 'West Country' Pacifics, the current order finishing at 21C170 . No. 2235 is used to supply steam for boiler test in place of 2255 withdrawn. Boxhill left Brighton under her own steam for Horsham on 3/9 and has since been reported in London. SLS/194710
01/02/1964 Branch line news (Erecting Shop) Passenger services will be withdrawn from Hanley Loop (Etruria to Kidsgrove Liverpool Road) and Stoke to Silverdale branches from 2nd March, from the Aberdare-Abercynon and Cardiff Clarence Road branches from 16th March, from the Kemble to Cirencester, Kemble to Tetbury and Sheringham-Melton Constable branches from 6th April.
The Waterside branch (from Old Dinting Goods GF, Mottram Yard) is to be closed completely on 2nd March. The Pinnox branch (Tunstall Junction to Longport Junction) was closed completely from 16th February, although the track is to be retained. From Pleasley Junction to 70 yards short of Messrs. Hollins coal siding (approx. 1 mile) is to be closed from 3rd March and the line thence to Pleasley East GF from 31st December, 1964.
07/03/1964 Darlington Works (Erecting Shop) Erecting Shop: D25, D26, D30, D170, D177, D179, D3140, D3244, D3677, D5371, D7587 painted, D7589 nearly complete, D7590 motors mounted, D7591 motors mounted, D7592 shell, D7593 shell, D7594 shell, d12113, 47482, 60146, 60822, 61032, 61319, 62060, 63458, 65789, 90272, 90345. Weigh House: D22, D5107, 62001. Stripping Shop: 43987, 90483. Works Yard: D2700, D5113, D5148, D7588 painted, 42165, 43144, 60124, 60802, 62065, 63460, 65033, 65099, 68046, 73071, 73097, 75006, 75056. Crossing: D11, D3378. Scrap Yard: 42407, 47589, 60874, 68039, 68061, 90624. SLS/196403
11/12/1966 Crewe Works (Side of Works) Erecting shop-44672, 45092, 70013/4, 90243/81/300, 92009/203/220, 60007/10, D319, D339, D1111, D1585, D1607/15/21/2/3/9, D1701/28/39/67/77/8/85/8/93, D8005, E3014/6/22/3/6/34/5/45, E26038/52, E27003/6, E5015/6. Paint shop area-44665/889, 90081/362, E3001/15/36, D239, D375, D1107/8/10, D1523, D1662, D1954, D5709. Diesel shop-D214/24, D364/81. D1509/15/21/4/35, D1600/56, D1700, D1842, D1901/49/81, D5718. Electric shop-E26029/50, E3171, D1618. Test area-D1109, D1691, D1864, D5717. Traverser area-D322, D251, D1722/89, D1860, D1942, E3002/29, D5715, 60026, 71000, 90664. Old cutting up shop-D5704. Side of Works-70017, 45138, 90345/406, E3089, D5710. SLS/196701

Date Event Details Source See Also
08/1944 To Service To service as WD Number 878
Built at North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow, Works Number 24946
01/1945 Renumbered Renumbered to 70878    
08/01/1949 Allocation Reallocated to Bricklayers Arms (BA)    
30/06/1949 Allocation Reallocated to Brighton (BTN)    
17/06/1950 Allocation Reallocated to To London Midland Region (91M)    
02/1951 Renumbered Renumbered to 90345    
14/09/1963 Allocation Reallocated to Royston (55D)    
13/06/1964 Allocation Reallocated to Normanton (55E)    
09/10/1965 Allocation Reallocated to Wakefield (56A)    
24/06/1967 Withdrawn Condemned as 90345    
11/1967 Scrapped Broken up by Cox and Danks: Wadsley Bridge    

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