8151 was built in 1942 by the LMS at Crewe Works.
BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.
|January 1963||Staveley Barrow Hill|
|April 1964||Edge Hill|
It was renumbered as 48151 by British railways after the 1948 nationalisation of Britain’s railways.
48151 was withdrawn from service at Northwich in January 1968 and sold to Woodham Brothers at Barry for scrap. It arrived at Barry in September 1968 and remained there until November 1975 when it was purchased for preservation.
48151 was based at the Yorkshire Dales Railway (now called the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway) for a number of years but its restoration was not completed there. It was then bought by David Smith and after its heavy restoration was completed in 1988 it was certified for mainline use and is today operated by West Coast Railway’s working steam charters across the UK visiting places never visited before by an 8F.
In November 1995 48151was loaned to Tunstead Quarry at Buxton to haul a 975-ton train of hopper wagons for a special train out of Tunstead.
In December 2000 it worked a special one off freight train along the Settle and Carlisle line from Hellifield to Ribblehead Quarry where the hopper wagons were loaded and it then worked the loaded train on from Ribblehead Quarry to Carlisle.
In 2014 48151 made its first operational visit to a heritage railway when it visited the Mid Norfolk Railway at Dereham for their West Coast Railways steam gala.
Also in 2014, it worked its first train over Shap since the end of steam in 1968.
48151 has been given the name Gauge O Guild.
48151 remains is based at Carnforth which is the northern base for the West Coast Railway Company. It is main line certified but is currently out of service awaiting an overhaul.
It is main line certified and was overhauled at Carnforth prior to a light engine test run at the end of November 2017.
|Home Base||Current Status||Owner|
|West Coast Railways – Carnforth||Operational||David Smith|
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