43924 (LMS 3924 & BR 43924)

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As 3924, 43924 was completed at Derby in October 1920 and survived with BR until withdrawn in 1965 although it was placed in store out of service for a period in 1962.

As 3924 it was based at Wellingborough in 1925 but no other early allocations are known.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Gloucester Barnwood
July 1962Templecombe
August 1962Bristol Barrow Road

Following withdrawal from service in July 1965 43924 was sold for scrap and arrived at Woodham Brothers scrapyard in October 1965. It was the first locomotive to leave for preservation in September 1968 some four months before the next engine was saved for preservation.

It was toed from Barry to Keighley over two days by diesel locomotives (D1699, D338, D373 and D6946). The final journey to Haworth occurred a few days later when it was hauled by ex Manchester Ship Canal locomotive No 31 (Hudswell Clarke Works No 679).

It is interesting to note that the contract between British Railways and Woodham Brothers required the locomotive to be cut up for scrap and the subsequent buyers had to negotiate with British Railways to overcome this contractual requirement placed on Woodham Brothers. British Railways were also against any insignia appearing on the locomotive which implied it was a BR engine and this had also to be discussed with BR. The outcome of the discussions with BR became a basis for subsequent preservation projects. (The Barry Story)

It was purchased by the Midland 4F Society and in 1970 it became the first ex Barry engine to steam again.

The locomotive was selected for preservation because in late 1966 the owners felt that a Midland 4F should be preserved. At that time only four members of the class remained and were all at Barry. 43924 was chosen because it was the only Midland Railway representative as the other three had been built under LMS management.

The small tubes in the boiler subsequently failed but after re-tubing it returned to service in 1974 and performed regularly on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) until 1987 when its boiler certificate expired.

In 1990 the locomotive was purchased by the KWVR from the Midland 4F Society.

43924 returned to service for a second time on the KWVR in 2011 after a thorough overhaul.

After a six month boiler certificate extension the locomotive was withdrawn from service on the last day of 2021.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Keighley & Worth Valley RailwayAwaiting overhaulKeighley & Worth Valley Railway
43924 at Berkeley Road station on what was originally the broad gauge Bristol & Gloucester Railway – May 1958
43924 on Great Western territory at Widney Manor - 1959.jpg
43924 on Great Western territory at Widney Manor – 1959
43924 at Bristol Temple Meads – August 1964
43924 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – June 1968
31618 and 43924 in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry - July 1968
31618 and 43924 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – July 1968
43924 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – August 1968
43924 at Oxenhope on the KWVR - August 1983.jpg
43924 at Oxenhope on the KWVR – August 1983
43924 at Haworth on the KWVR – July 2011
43924 at Keighley on the KWVR – February 2012
43924 at Keighley on the KWVR – October 2012
43924 on the Victoria Bridge over the River Severn on the Severn Valley Railway – September 2014
43924 at Ingrow West on the KWVR – October 2014
43924 at Keighley on the KWVR – February 2015
43924 at Keighley on the KWVR – February 2015
43924 heads 53808 into Damems on the KWVR – March 2018
43924 on the KWVR – March 2019
43924 on static display at Oxenhope on the KWVR – August 2022

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