21C9 Shaw Savill was built at Eastleigh and entered traffic in 1942 based at Salisbury. One of a batch of eight Merchant Navy class locomotives whose air-smoothed casing was made of asbestos board, 21C9 was from the start in wartime black livery. It was allocated to Salisbury shed.
Between 1945 and 1947 the Merchant Navy class were repainted in Malachite green livery, with yellow lining. 21C9 was one of several in a variant of this livery, in which the smokebox cowls were painted green instead of black. Shaw Savill was repainted in British Railways blue livery in August 1949, and in Brunswick Green in February 1953.
Shaw Savill was rebuilt at Eastleigh in March 1957 as part of the programme to rebuild all thirty MN class locomotives.
It was transferred to Exmouth Junction in March 1957 and continued to work from there until withdrawn from service in September 1964.
It was sold to Woodham Brothers at Barry for scrap. By this time it had covered 1,127,452 mile whilst in service.
35009 Shaw Savill was of the last twenty locomotives to leave Barry but left in 1989 when what was left of it was moved to Brighton to the failed Brighton Railway Museum project at the Pullman works.
It then found a temporary home on the Mid Hants Railway before becoming a rather sad exhibit outside the Swindon Works in a Designer Village shopping complex.
The remnant bits were then purchased by Ian Riley in 2003 and taken to his Bury works. By 2009 it lay dismantled at Bury and had previously been offered for sale but no acceptable offers were forthcoming and now 35009 is being restored at Ian Riley’s Engineering and it is planned to return the locomotive to main line running. It is suggested that it will be turned out in BR blue livery and may even be returned to an un-rebuilt state.
Restoration may start in 2018 but the plan to convert the locomotive to a Super Merchant with a 10,000 gallon tender has been abandoned.
In September 2019 the owner revealed that the restoration of the locomotive had commenced and engine had been moved from Bury Bolton Street to Ian Riley’s works at Heywood.
|Home Base||Current Status||Owner|
|Riley and Son (E) Ltd||Under restoration||Riley & Son (E) Ltd|
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