52322 (L&YR 1300, LMS 12322 & BR 52322)

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52322 was built at Horwich in December 1895 and entered service the following year as L&YR number 1300 (later LMS 12322 and BR 52322).

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Nuneaton
August 1952Wigan Springs Branch
June 1956Sutton Oak
January 1958Newton Heath
August 1958Lees Oldham

It was withdrawn from service at Oldham in August 1960 and purchased privately by a Lancashire civil engineering company (Leonard Fairclough). It was restored as No 1122 at Horwich Works by apprentices and placed on display at White Bear station, Adlington, on the line between St Helens and Blackburn, and remained in the station yard for many years. The station itself had been closed by BR in January 1960.

Following the death of Mr Fairclough the locomotive moved to Steamtown at Carnforth where it was returned to L&YR livery as 1300.

In 1995 it moved to the East Lancs Railway .

In 2003 the locomotive was purchased by Andty Booth.

An overhaul of the locomotive was completed at the East Lancs Railway in July 2008. After suffering a boiler incident due to a low water level in May 2009 the boiler was repaired. A new boiler ten year boiler certificate obtained in 2012 when it was returned to steam again.

It moved to the Ribble Steam Railway in December 2009 where it steamed again before being loaned out for use on heritage railways.

The locomotive which is normally based on the East Lancs Railway spent 2018 on the Spa Valley Railway.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
East Lancs RailwayOperationalAndy Booth
52322 inside the shed at Steamtown, Carnforth - April 1977.jpg
52322 inside the shed at Steamtown, Carnforth – April 1977
52322 at Carnforth - April 1982.jpg
52322 at Carnforth – April 1982
52322 on the Ribble Steam Railway – September 2012
52322 on the Ribble Steam Railway – September 2012
52322 pilots 52044 at Keighley on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway-2012

52322 with 90733 near Haworth on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway – March 2013
52322 on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway – May 2013
52322 at Ramsbottom on the East Lancashire Railway – January 2014
52322 at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway – October 2014
52322 & 61994 The Great Marquess at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway – October 2014
52322 pilots 42765 at Irwell Vale on the East Lancashire Railway – January 2015
52322 at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway – October 2017
52322 at Ramsbottom on the East Lancashire Railway – October 2017
2890 and 52322 at Burrs Country Park on the East Lancashire Railway – October 2017
52322 pilots rebuilt Hunslet tank engine 2890 at Bury on the East Lancs Railway – March 2019
52322 at Ramsbotton on the East Lancs Railway – October 2019

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