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BR Standard Class Britannia 4-6-2 No. 70000 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1963

BR Standard Class Britannia 4-6-2 No. 70000 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1963 - Low Resolution Image

British Railways Standard Class Britannia 7P6F Pacific 4-6-2 No. 70000 \\\'Britannia\\\' at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed circa August 1963. Designed by Robert Riddles and built at Crewe Works, it entered traffic on 2nd January 1951. It was withdrawn from Manchester\\\'s Newton Heath shed on 28th May 1966.

The BR Standard Class 7, otherwise known as the Britannia Class, was a class of 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive designed by Robert Riddles for use by British Railways for mixed traffic duties. Fifty-five were constructed between 1951 and 1954. The design was a result of the 1948 locomotive exchanges undertaken in advance of further locomotive classes being constructed. Three batches were constructed at Crewe Works, before the publication of the 1955 Modernisation Plan. Two survived into preservation, the first-of-class, number 70000 Britannia, and 70013 Oliver Cromwell.

Britannia was built at Crewe, completed on 2 January 1951. She was the first British Railways standard locomotive to be built and the first of 55 locomotives of the Britannia class. The locomotive was named at a ceremony at Marylebone Station by the then Minister for Transport Alfred Barnes on 30 January 1951.

Initially based at Stratford (30A) in order to work East Anglian expresses to Norwich and Great Yarmouth, but was also particularly associated with the Hook Continental boat train to Harwich. Subsequently, the loco was based at Norwich Thorpe (w/e 31 January 1959) and March (June 1961) before spending the remainder of her career on the London Midland Region: Willesden (1A) (w/e 30 March 1963), Crewe North (5A) (w/e 25 May 1963), Crewe South (5B) (w/e 19 May 1965) and finally Newton Heath (9D) (w/e 5 March 1966) from where she was withdrawn w/e 28 May 1966.

The locomotive pulled the funeral train of King George VI from King's Lynn, Norfolk to London following his death in February 1952 at Sandringham House, Norfolk. For this task, Britannia had her cab roof painted white, as was the custom with royal locomotives (B2 61617 Ford Castle, which pulled the train from Wolferton Station to King's Lynn, was similarly liveried). Britannia has also worn the white roof in preservation.

Initially destined for the National Railway Museum because of her cultural significance, she was stored. However, due to her prototype design and construction differences, the NRM chose standard sister 70013 Oliver Cromwell, instead. Britannia was eventually bought by Britannia Locomotive Company Ltd.

Transferred to the Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust (RSL & GT), the locomotive was returned to main line operational condition in 2011, initially out shopped in its prototype black British Railways livery (where it did not have nameplates fitted, as was thus known by railway convention as 70000). After a running-in period, in 2012 the locomotive was repainted in British Railways Brunswick Green, but with an early BR crest (unlike her sister 70013 Oliver Cromwell which carries BR's Late Crest). On 24 January 2012, the loco hauled the Royal Train with Prince Charles on board to Wakefield Kirkgate, where he rededicated the locomotive. For the trip the loco again had a painted white cab roof, removed after the engine's appearance at the West Somerset Railway's Spring Gala..

A trainspotter Howie Milburn can be seen in the cab wearing a pullover.

Date Photo Taken 08/1963
Date Uploaded 11/07/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for BR Standard Class Britannia 4-6-2 No. 70000 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1963 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for BR Standard Class Britannia 4-6-2 No. 70000 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1963 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Shed Information for BR Standard Class Britannia 4-6-2 No. 70000 at Carlisle Kingmoor Shed 1963 - Low Resolution Image


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