58926 (LNWR 1054, LMS 7799, LMS 27799 & BR 58926)

58926 was built by the London & North Western Railway at Crewe Works in 1888. It was the 250th example of the class of Webb Coal tank engines that were designed by the Chief Engineer of the LNWR, Francis W Webb.

Not much is known of the engine’s early service, but it is understood to have worked in the Birmingham area before the First World War, and in North and South Wales before it was withdrawn from service in January 1939. The locomotive was almost scrapped but for the outbreak of war, when it was overhauled and reinstated in December 1940, a consequence of the shortage of locomotives required for the war effort.

The locomotive continued to move around the country. It operated in the Manchester area working local trains from Bolton, and the Liverpool area from Edge Hill, before moving south to Bletchley where it worked the local passenger service to Dunstable.

In 1950 it was at Shrewsbury, again working local passenger trains this time to Craven Arms and, after four years, moved to Abergavenny from where it was loaned to the National Coal Board for 12 months working alongside two of its class mates at Windsor Colliery in Ynysybwl near Pontypridd. It returned to Abergavenny as the last survivor of its type and, incidentally, the last Webb-designed locomotive in operation. It was kept as a spare engine and fitted with a snowplough during the winter months in case of heavy snowfalls on the line. It is doubtful, however, if it was ever utilized in this role.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Plodder Lane
November 1948Edge Hill
November 1949Bletchley
September 1950Shrewsbury
August 1952Stored
May 1954Abergavenny
June 1954Stored
November 1954NCB Abercynon
April 1956Stored

After working the last train on the Abergavenny to Merthyr line with 0-8-0 ‘Super D’ 49121 it ended its days at Ponytpool, where it was finally withdrawn for scrap in October 1958, having travelled over one million miles in 70 years of public service.

There the story might have ended, but for a group of determined enthusiasts headed by Max Dunn. Mr Dunn, the former Shedmaster from the locomotive depot at Bangor, was persuaded by a friend to organise an appeal to raise £666 to buy 1054. The appeal was successful, and he then arranged for it to be repainted in LNWR livery at Crewe, following which it went to Hednesford in Staffordshire for safe storage by the Railway Preservation Society.

By 1963 the engine was transferred to the ownership of the National Trust for display at Penrhyn Castle.

In 1973 the engine was transferred to the Dinting Railway Centre where it was extensively overhauled and restored to its original LNWR condition in time to appear in the Rocket 150 Cavalcade at Rainhill in 1980.

It returned to the main line in 1984, when it was hired by Wilsons Brewery, Manchester to haul a 1 coach train from Manchester to a specially erected station adjacent to the Brewery at Newton Heath.

In 1986 the Coal tank visited the Keighhley & Worth Valley Railway where it operated on evening specials. It returned to Dinting in August 1986 where it was prepared for a four week visit to the Severn Valley Railway. After working on the Severn Valley Railway it worked an enthusiast’s special excursion from Shrewsbury to Stockport via Chester.

It subsequently spent time at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

In 1990 with the closure of Dinting the engine was moved to Ingrow on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. By 1999 it was withdrawn from service for its third and most expensive overhaul since being preserved.

Following an overhaul which was partly funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund it is operational and is usually used during steam galas on the KWVR. 

In October 2018 it was reported that the locomotive would return to the guise of BR 58926 for the period up to the expiry of the boiler certificate in 2021.

In June 2019 the locomotive visited Hope Cement Works during the site’s 90th anniversary celebrations. This turned out to be its last appearance during its third period in steam in preservation as it was then withdrawn from service when weeping tubes were discovered.

The plan is to have the locomotive back in steam in 2022 for the celebration of the merger of the LNWR and the L&Y Railway on 1st January 1922.

At the end of November 2021 the boiler past its first test at Ingrow.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Ingrow Locomotive Works on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway  Under overhaulNational Trust – cared for by Bahamas Locomotive Society
58926 at Lady Windsor colliery near Pontypridd – July 1954
58926 whilst preparing to work the last train from Abergavenny to Merthy – January 1958
58926 act as pilot to 49121 on the last train from Abergavenny to Merthy at Brynmawr – January 1958. 49121 was withdrawn from service in September 1958 and scrapped the following month.
58926 at Crewe Works  November 1959.jpg
58926 at Crewe Works November 1959
58926 at Crewe Works – December 1960
58926 at Dinting Railway Centre – April 1976
58926 being hauled through Manchester Victoria station on its way from Dinting to Bold Colliery to take part in the Rocket 150 cavalcade – May 1980
58926 at Manchester Victoria hauling a series of short excursions in the Manchester, running to the Wilson’s brewery, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary – August 1984
58926 at Keighley on the KWVR - October 1997.jpg
58926 at Keighley on the KWVR – October 1997
58926 with 57566 at Llangollen – April 2012
58926 at Keighley on the KWVR – October 2012
58926 at Keighley on the KWVR – October 2014
58926 on a photographic charter on the Bluebell Railway – May 2015
58926 with 5820 at Haworth on the KWVR – February 2015
58926 approaching Arley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2015

58926 near Haworth banking the goods along with 45212 on the KWVR – October 2016
58926 at Keighley on the KWVR – October 2016
58926 shunting at Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway – May 2017
58926 pilots 45596 Bahamas out of Keighley on the KWVR – March 2019
58926 at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway – March 2019
58926 at Bury on the East Lancs Railway – June 2022
58926 (LNWR 1054) at Bury on the East Lancs Railway – October 2022

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