48431 (LMS 8431 & BR 48431)


48431 was built at Swindon in 1944 as 8431. It was one of the locomotives ordered by the Railway Executive Committee who were reformed (after being used during the First World War) in 1938 and later took on full control of the railways until nationalisation in 1948. It worked on the GWR at Gloucester until 1947 when it was transferred to the LMS at the Royston shed in Yorkshire.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Royston
September 1955Newton Abbott
October 1955St Phillips Marsh
January 1960Old Oak Common
November 1962Bristol Barrow Road
January 1964Bath Green Park

It was withdrawn from traffic at Bath Green Park in May 1964 and was transported to Woodham Brothers scrapyard where it arrived in August of that year. It remained at Barry until May 1972.

It was transported by road to Keighley in May 1972 where it was first steamed again in 1974 before entering service on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in December 1975.

In early 1989 the locomotive was withdrawn from service for a major overhaul.

It returned to traffic again and ran until being withdrawn from service again in 2000.

48431 is now on static display at Oxenhope awaiting an overhaul following its second period of running on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Keighley &Worth Valley RailwayOn static display at OxenhopeKeighley & Worth Valley Railway
48431 heads through Bristol Temple Meads with a freight from Westerleigh to West Depot – 1963
48431 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – 1966 or 1967
48431 at Haworth on the KWVR – July 1972
48431 at Haworth on the KWVR - May 1981.jpg
48431 at Haworth on the KWVR – May 1981
48431 at Didcot Railway Centre – May 1985
48431 at Keighley – 1992
48431 at Oxenhope on the KWVR – 1992
48431 climbs away from Townsend Fold on the East Lancs Railway – August 1993
48431 on static display at Oxenhope on the KWVR – 2009
48431 on static display at Oxenhope on the KWVR – March 2019

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