A selection of photos showing the work on the rear drag box. It has been decided that the rear parts of the main frames need to be replaced with new material to ensure maximum life from the new drag box and main frames. This means that about 1 metre of the rear of the frames will be cut away and replaced in order to provide good, flat mating surfaces for the new drag box sides. The existing part of the frames is wasted where the old drag box fitted and if kept would mean that further wastage would quickly occur. Replacing that part of the frames should mean that the new drag box and frames will last for 20 years or more.
The photos show progress on the new drag box bottom and sides – the strips are temporarily bolted in place so that the bottom part can be offered up and tack welded ready for complete welding later.
On this day 20 years ago…
The Taffy Apple 11th January 1997, 05.30 Northampton – Swansea via Worcester, Hereford and Cardiff
Steam Hauled by 2968 and 7325 (2968 Pilot Loco) Worcester Shrub Hill to Swansea and return
With the snow of the previous weekend now replaced by mist and fog few pictures of this run were recorded. With 2968 piloting SVR stable-mate the two locos set out from Worcester Shrub Hill some 90 minutes late following a diesel failure earlier in the day.
Having lost their path and despite valiant running by the two loco’s which saw a speed of 70mph at one point further time was lost and arrival in Swansea was some 120 minutes behind schedule. A reduced turnaround saw the train depart some 82 minutes late and with determined running the order of the day (or night) arrival back at Shrub Hill had been reduced to 69 minutes
It is four years since 42968 turned a wheel in service, On the 5th January 2013 a special one coach train was organised by the Stanier Mogul Fund for invited guests to mark our engine’s last day in service before withdrawal for her next ten yearly overhaul. With the kind permission of the Severn Valley Railway a series of return trips were made between Bridgnorth and Highley and the following pictures capture some of the events of that day.
20 Years ago today…
The Cumbrian Mountain Express (Southbound) 1Z24 13.10 Carlisle – Watford Junc.
Steam hauled by 2968 Carlisle – Crewe
On a bitterly cold day with heavy over-night snow falls on the ground 2968 set off from Carlisle with her nine coach 355 tons gross train to do battle with the Long drag southbound over the S&C and Ais Gill.
Water stops were taken at Appleby and Garsdale and a long mournful blast of the whistle resounded around Kirkby Stephen as a lament to a former signalman who had sadly passed away a few days earlier.
The black smoke made by 2968’s determined climb to Ais Gill summit (Milepost 261½) passed at a creditable 26½mph contrasted nicely with the pristine whiteness of the snow. Her progress down the West Coast Main Line to Crewe brought a maximum of 67mph and arrival at Crewe was four minutes early!
Are you under 30? Have you ever considered becoming involved in the future care and maintenance of an 80-year-old ex-BR standard gauge steam locomotive? Was it a New Year’s resolution to take on a new challenge…?!
The Stanier Mogul Fund is delighted to introduce a new on-line Young Members Scheme, designed to attract and encourage younger members of our steam preservation movement to look to the future and take an active role in the safeguarding of sole surviving LMSR ‘Stanier Mogul’ No 13268.
Join us for a one-off payment of just £10! Further details may be found here: Young Membership
We look forward to welcoming you onboard!
42968 was withdrawn in the week ending 31/12/66 after 32 years and 11 months faithful service to the LMS and BR. During her years of service she carried three different numbers – 13268 from new on 14-01-34 to period ending 20-03-35 then 2968 through nationalisation on 01-01-48, and finally 42968 from week ending 24-09-49 throughout her years with BR.
From the engine history cards (EHC) we know that from entering service in January 1934 until 1960 (after which mileage records were suspended) and apart from 1950 when the recorded mileage was un-readable on the EHC 42968 ran a total of 682,947 miles. When factoring in the estimated 1950 mileage and for the years 1961 – 1966 we can assume that our engine achieved a total mileage of around 800,000 in combined LMS and BR service.
If we factor in the 100,000 plus miles that she has achieved between 1991 and 2013 that total mileage now exceed 900,000 miles.
42968 with smoke-box No and shed plates removed presents a sorry sight at Wigan Springs Branch shed on 25-02-67 following withdrawal and awaiting movement to Woodhams scrapyard in Barry, South Wales. Photographer J F Ward