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 ArrivedDepot
January 1948Carnforth
March 1960Warrington Dallam
August 1962Workington
April 1963Bank Hall
September 1963Gorton
January 1965Edge 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It was withdrawn in December, 1966, and ended up in Woodham Brothers scrapyard at Barry the following June.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.

The boiler certificate expires in November 2019.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Great Central RailwayOperational Roger Hibbert
47406 in Woodham's scrapyard at Barry - October 1968.jpg
47406 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – October 1968
75069 and 47406 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry. 75069 has been tidied up ready for departure to the SVR.
47406 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – c1981
47406 at Peak Rail - July 1989.jpg
47406 at Peak Rail – July 1989
47406 hauls its first train in preservation on the Great Central Railway – January 2010
47406 at Loughborough on the Great Central Railway – January 2012
47406 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2012
47406 with 57566 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2012
47406 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2012
47406 at Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway – January 2013
47406 at Loughborough on the Great Central Railway – January 2016
47406 at Wansford on the Nene Valley Railway – May 2017
47406 at Midsomer Norton South sidings – March 2018
47406 at Quorn & Woodhouse on the Great Central Railway – January 2019

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