44027 (LMS 4027 & BR 44027)

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4027 was built at Derby in 1924 by the LMS and became 44027 following the nationalisation of the railways and the formation of BR in 1948. It was the first LMS built member of the class.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Bushbury
November 1958Bescot
August 1963Workington

Following withdrawal from service in November 1964 44027 spent some time stored at Carnforth before being stored at Preston Park near Brighton

It found a temporary resting place at Leicester’s Abbey Meadows pumping station pending being displayed in a new museum there. The museum project failed and the locomotive moved to the Midland Railway Centre in June 1975.

It then spent many years based at the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley where it was returned to steam in December 1979 and made its first public appearance on 1st January 1980. 44027 operated for a number of years in the 1980s at Butterley.

In 1980 it took part in the cavalcade to mark the 150year celebrations at Rainhill.

In 2009 44027 moved to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway where it has been under restoration.

By October 2017 work on the bottom half of the locomotive at the Vale of Berkeley Railway was substantially complete.

During 2018 restoration of the locomotive continued with the cylinders/valve castings, inside motion, lubrication system along with other associated parts have been reassembled. The lower part of the locomotive is well on its way to completion whilst the boiler is stored on site awaiting attention.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Gloucester Warwickshire RailwayBeing restoredNational Railway Museum NRM Object Number{1978-7033}
60800 Green Arrow, 49395 and 44027 in store on Leicester shed – 1970
44027 at Coalville – June 1983
44027 at Coalville Open Day – September 1985
44027 at Coalville Open Day – September 1985
44027 at Butterley – 1980s
44027 at Swanwick, Midland Railway Centre – May 1990

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