BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76084

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BR Standard 4 2-6-0 76084
76084 & 45690 Leander at Brighouse.jpg
76084 and 45690 Leander at Brighouse taking on water prior to the climb up Copy Pit heading towards Blackburn and Preston.
Type and origin
Power typeSteam
BuilderHorwich Works
Build date28 March 1957
Specifications
Configuration:
 • Whyte2-6-0
Gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Leading dia.3 ft 0 in (0.914 m)
Driver dia.5 ft 3 in (1.600 m)
Length60 ft 0 in (18.29 m)
Width8 ft 9 12 in (2.68 m)
Height13 ft 0 in (3.96 m)
Loco weight59.75 long tons (60.71 t; 66.92 short tons)
Tender weightBR2A:
42.15 long tons (42.83 t; 47.21 short tons)
Tender typeBR2A
Fuel typeCoal
Fuel capacityBR2A: 6.00 long tons (6.10 t; 6.72 short tons)
Water capBR2A: 3,500 imp gal (16,000 l; 4,200 US gal)
BoilerBR7
Boiler pressure225 psi (1.55 MPa)
Train heatingSteam Heat
Loco brakeVacuum
Performance figures
Maximum speed50mph
Tractive effort24,170 lbf (107.5 kN)
Career
OperatorsBritish Railways
ClassBR standard class 4 2-6-0
Numbers76084
WithdrawnDecember 1967
RestoredMay 2013
Current ownerThe 76084 Locomotive Company Limited
DispositionOperational, Mainline Certified

BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0 76084 is a BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0 locomotive built at Horwich in March 1957. Owned by The 76084 Locomotive Company Limited[1] she is one of only four surviving members of her class in preservation.

British Railways service[edit]

76084 was outshopped from Horwich Works on 28 March 1957.

Designed with a light axle-loading of only 16 tons, this meant that the BR Standard 4's route availability of RA4[2] was unrestricted and was able to work on all regions throughout the UK. Batches of the class were allocated to every region except the Western. Like most of the class, the BR2A tender was fitted.[2] This had a narrower upper bunker, giving better visibility when running tender-first. Class members allocated to the Southern region had the more capacious full-width BR1B tender, as the extra tank capacity was needed with the absence of water troughs on the Southern.

From new 76084 was allocated to Lower Darwen in March 1957 alongside sisters 76080/1/2 and 3, further transfers were to follow during its career to Lancaster Green Ayre, Skipton and even Springs Branch.

76084 and its four sisters were transferred to Sutton Oak, St. Helens in March 1965 when Lower Darwen closed. All but 76082 were transferred to Springs Branch, Wigan in June 1967 when Sutton Oak too closed. Springs Branch was its final shed allocation where it remained until December 1967 when it was withdrawn from service. 76084 was taken to Barry Island in convoy with 76077 and 76079. The latter locomotive has been returned to service and is now at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway but 76077 remains unrestored at the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway.

Location Shedcode Date
Lower Darwen 24D 28 Mar 1957
Lancaster Green Ayre 24J 4 Oct 1958
Skipton 24G 26 Oct 1958
Lancaster Green Ayre 24J 21 Feb 1959
Lower Darwen 24D 28 Mar 1959
Sutton Oak 8G 13 Mar 1965
Springs Branch 8F 24 Jun 1967
withdrawn Week ending 2 Dec 1967

Preservation[edit]

In October 1974, members of a preservation group from Sheffield spent a working weekend at Woodham Brothers scrapyard at Barry Island with a view to purchase 76084 for preservation. It was painted in red primer to prevent further corrosion, although it stood out in the yard the preservation attempt failed and it remained at Barry Island for a further eight years until 1982. Over the years as space was becoming tight, 76084 was moved down the siding right towards the buffers and as time passed, it was stripped of various parts as Woodhams became a valuable source of steam locomotive spare parts. In 1982, it was purchased by a preservationist for £7,500. And in January 1983, 76084 left Woodhams for a new life in South Leverton near Retford, Nottinghamshire. It had spent fourteen years and four months in South Wales and was the 143rd locomotive to leave the yard.

It was placed in its owner's back garden and was given a cosmetic makeover. In the 1990s, its owner died and its future became uncertain. It was later purchased by what became the 76084 Locomotive Company and was moved to Morpeth where restoration was carried out.

76084 returned to steam in May 2013 and later returned to traffic in July 2013 after a sixteen-year restoration programme costing £0.75 million.[3]

Main line safety technologies - TPWS Mark IV, OTMR, and GSM-R - were fitted and tested after raising a further £100,000 from shareholders and supporters.[citation needed] The engine worked its first charter train on Sat 25th February 2017, the tour being The Railway Touring Company's "Buxton Spa Express" which she double headed with 45690 Leander.[4][5]

Photographs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "76084 Standard 4 2-6-0". 76084 Locomotive Company Limited.
  2. ^ a b "76084 technical data". 76084 Locomotive Company Limited.
  3. ^ "76084 Now Restored" Check |url= value (help). 76084 Locomotive Company Limited.
  4. ^ http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t17/t0225b.htm UK Steam Timings.
  5. ^ http://www.manlocosoc.co.uk/buxtonspa.html Manchester Locomotive Society, Buxton Spa Express photos.

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