Black Beauty – Welcome Back 76017
BR Standard class 4MT 2-6-0 76017’s long anticipated return to working order is nearly open us. The locomotive will become the Watercress Line’s newest addition to its operating fleet. It has been painted immaculately and really looks the part! In contrast to its last period of operation, it will be running with an early British Railways crest.
76017 was used locally whilst in service with British Railways and so is a fitting machine for the Mid Hants Railway. Built in 1953, it almost looked as if it would barely last more than a year when it derailed in 1954 . Fortunately there were no casualties and as you can see it lived to tell the tale.
It is expected to return to traffic very soon, so it’ll be worth paying the railway a visit in August! I’ll leave you with some pictures of this black beauty.
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