48151 (LMS 8151 & BR 48151)


8151 was built in 1942 by the LMS at Crewe Works.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date Arrived Depot
January 1948 Grangemouth
February 1948 Wellingborough
July 1955 Canklow
January 1963 Staveley Barrow Hill
April 1964 Edge Hill
March 1966 Northwich

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48151 was withdrawn from service at Northwich in January 1968 and sold to Woodham Brothers at Barry for scrap.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 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 Undergoing testing following overhaul David Smith
48151 just after leaving Dent Head Tunnel - May 1989.jpg 48151 just after leaving Dent Head Tunnel – May 1989
48151 Winwick 2010.jpg 48151 Gauge O Guild heads south through Winwick-2010
48151 Locomotion Shildon 2010.jpg 48151 Gauge O Guild passes Locomotion at Shildon-2010
48151 with 70013 Culcheth 2010.jpg 48151 Gauge O Guild heads 70013 Oliver Cromwell (running as 70048 The Teritorial Army) on the Help for Heroes special. 48151 replaced 46115 Scots Guardsman which had failed.

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