43106 was built at Darlington in 1951 and was one of the last operating steam locomotives as it was not withdrawn from service until June 1968. Its actual last day in steam on the main line was however on the 2nd August just two days before the end of steam operation on BR tracks. It was the last of the class operating – only six were still operational by the end of 1967.

BR motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
April 1951South Lynn
July 1956Woodford Halse
March 1962Saltley
June 1962Wellingborough
March 1963Kettering
August 1963Trafford Park
September 1963Heaton Mersey
August 1966Carlisle Kingmoor
September 1967Lostock Hall

Whilst operating in East Anglia it carried Whitaker token exchange apparatus fitted into a pocket towards the front of the tender.

After suffering a minor derailment at Colne Goods Yard in April 1968, 43106 was withdrawn from service in June 1968 after a relatively short working life of 17 years 2 months.

43106 had already been selected as the best of the remaining small group for preservation.

It was felt that damage was so minimal the prospective owners would investigate the ease of a repair. On its return to Lostock Hall, the locomotive was repaired by fitters from Carnforth, that repair exists to this day. However it derailed again at Lostock Hall when being prepared for a test run in late July. It was steamed for the final time by British Railways on 1 August 1968 and departed at about 15:30 with one member of its new owning consortium on board. This was only after lengthy discussions to get the locomotive moved in live steam before 4 August, the end of steam operation on BR. The journey was carefully routed to limit movement ‘under the wires’, via Frodsham, Chester and Shrewsbury. The journey through the West Midlands continued via Wolverhampton High Level towards Bescot and Pleck Junction, where after a movement around a triangular junction to ensure it arrived the ‘right way round’ the light engine continued on the Stourbridge Junction where it stabled overnight in the exchange sidings, now part of the extensive car park. On 2 August it continued on to its new life in preservation on the Severn Valley Railway appearing on the front page of the Shropshire Journal with three of its new owners giving it a much needed clean. It is affectionately known as the Flying Pig, although many railwaymen referred to the Ivatt 4s as Doodlebugs.

It worked services on the official opening day in May 1970, and hauled several main line railtours during the 1980s.

A major overhaul of the locomotive was completed in 2009 and it is currently operational after having damage repaired that it received during a derailment at Hampton Loade soon after returning to service. The speedy return to service was competed due to the loan by The Highland Locomotive Company of the wheels of the tender attached to 46512.

In 2013 it had an intermediate overhaul which included work being carried out on the boiler which allowed a new 10 year certificate to be issued along with a completely new locomotive dragbox.

In April 2018 new superheater flues were fitted which should enable the boiler certificate to remain valid until 2023.

43106 is owned by the Ivatt Class 4 Group and is based on the Severn Valley Railway where it remains operational.

The next boiler overhaul is due in 2020 but with agreement from an insurance examiner it could remain in service until 2023.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Severn Valley RailwayOperationalIvatt Class 4 Group
43106 on Warrington Dallam shed – Early 1960s
43106 on Carlisle Kingmoor (shed with 12A shed plate) where it was allocated from August 1966 until September 1967
43106 passing Carlisle Kingmoor shed. It was hauling a train from Carlisle to Beattock and back. It is said to have attained a speed of 82mph on the trip – February 1967
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43106 on Lostock Hall shed – 1st August 1968 – Being steamed prior to travelling to Bridgnorth
43106 running onto Lastock Hall shed – August 1968
43106 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway - May 1970.jpg
43106 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway – May 1970
43106 at Shildon – August 1975
43106 at Rainhill as part of the Rocket 150 cavalcade – May 1980
43106 in front of 80079 at Bulmers Steam Centre at Hereford – February 1983
43106 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2011
3106 at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2011
43106 at Keighley on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway – October 2012
43106 leaves Keighley on the KWVR – October 2012
43106 at Eardington on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2013
43106, 4566 & 90733 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2015
43106 climbing up to Medstead and Four Marks on the Mid Hants Railway – October 2016
43106 at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2017
43106 at Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway – April 2021

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