47406 (LMS 16489, LMS 7406 & BR 47406)

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47406, original LMS number 16489, was built by the Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows in 1926 at a cost of £3,330. It spent a few weeks nearby at Warrington, before moving to Crewe South shed, from where it mainly worked Basford Hall sidings and the carriage sheds. In October 1928 the engine moved to Carnforth where it spent almost 32 years. It was allocated number7406 in the general LMS renumbering and under BR ownership became 47406.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Carnforth
March 1960 Warrington Dallam
August 1962 Workington
April 1963 Bank Hall
September 1963 Gorton
January 1965 Edge Hill

It was withdrawn in December, 1966, and ended up in Woodham Brothers scrapyard at Barry the following June. Ironically this was almost certainly the furthest it had ever travelled from its North West origin and haunts.

It remained at Barry until June 1983 when it was the last of seven Jinty class engines sent to Barry to leave. By this time it had been stripped for spares for the earlier departures. When it eventually moved away all that was left was the frames, cylinder block, wheels, boiler and some platework.

It had been bought by the Rowsley Locomotive Trust, and moved initially to the Peak Rail headquarters in Buxton in June, 1983. When Peak Rail moved from the Buxton centre, the locomotive was sold to Roger Hibbert. It arrived at Quorn & Woodhouse in December, 1989. In 1990 it was moved into storage behind Loughborough shed, whilst Roger completed the restoration of LMS 8F 48305. Upon completion of the 8F work 47406 was moved into the shed.

After a considerable about of work the locomotive was restored to steam in 2010 and 47406 entered traffic on the GCR in January 2010.

Home Base Current Status Owner
Great Central Railway Operational  Roger Hibbert
47406 in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry - October 1968.jpg 47406 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – October 1968
47406 at Peak Rail - July 1989.jpg 47406 at Peak Rail – July 1989
47406.jpg 47406 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway-2012
47406 with 57566 Highley 2012.jpg 47406 with 57566 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway-2012
47406c.jpg 47406 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway-2012
47406a.jpg 47406 at Loughborough on the Great Central railway-2012
47406b.jpg 47406 at Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway-2013
47406 Loughborough 2016.jpg 47406 at Loughborough on the Great Central railway-2016

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