Along Birkenhead Lines Gala – Guest Engine Announcement

We are pleased to announce that the first visiting guest locomotive for our  ‘Along Birkenhead Lines’ Spring Steam Gala will be  ex-LMS 8F No. 48624.

The 8Fs were one of the most successful locomotive designs of all time and were designed by William Stanier for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway. The design was chosen by the War Department for large scale production in the Second World War and eventually 852 members of the class were built. The 8Fs were no strangers around the Wirral and North-East Wales during the 1950s and 1960s, including hauling heavy goods train up the notoriously steep climb to the nearby Brymbo steelworks.  In 1967, a now long scrapped member of the class, No.48697, hauled the final passenger train through Llangollen on an enthusiasts railtour.

No. 48624 is unique in preservation in that it is the only surviving example built at Southern Railway built example, being completed as part of the War Effort in 1943 at Ashford Works. The locomotive is normally based on the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.

Further exciting locomotive announcements will be coming very soon!