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42968 was withdrawn in the week ending 31/12/66 after 32 years and 11 months faithful service to the LMS and BR.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