62660 Butler Henderson (GCR 506, LNER 5506, LNER 2660 & BR 62660)


62660 was built as the first member of the Large Director class in December 1919 at Gorton and entered service as GCR number 506. The engine cost £7,620 to build. It was named after Butler Henderson who was elected onto the GCR board, which his father chaired, in 1918.

Under BR ownership it was initially allocated to Immingham. From here it was transferred to Trafford Park to work on the Cheshire Lines Committee routes in February 1951.

The Cheshire Lines Committee was the second-largest joint railway with 143 miles of track which served Birkenhead, Bilston and Wrexham Rhosddu were all places on the former which served Birkenhead, Chester, Knutsford Liverpool, Manchester, Northwich, Southport, Stockport, Warrington, Widnes and Winsford. It was jointly used by the Great Northern Railway (GNR), the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (MS&LR) and the Midland Railway (MR). On Grouping in 1923 the MR became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), the MS&LR (which had by then become part of the Great Central Railway) and the GNR became part of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). before returning east to Lincoln in November 1953.

In November 1953 Butler Henderson moved back east to Lincoln where it remained until April 1957 when it moved to Sheffield Darnall from where it was withdrawn from service in October 1960 after completing 1,280,897 miles whilst in service.

It was identified as a locomotive that should be preserved and as a result it was displayed at the British Transport Commission Museum at Clapham. In 1975 with the demise of the British Transport Commission it entered the National Collection and was loaned to the Great Central Railway (GCR).

Restoration began in 1981 and it was returned to steam in March 1982 and stayed on the GCR until the boiler certificate expired in 1992. It was then moved to the National Railway Museum at York in April 1982 where it was placed on static display.

Home Base Current Status Owner
On loan to Barrow Hill Roundhouse On static display National Railway Museum

NRM Object Number{1978-7030}

62660 York 1992.jpg 62660 Butlet Henderson in the National Railway Museum at York. It is positioned between 42700 and 4003 Lode Star-1992
62660 Barrow Hill 2015.jpg 62660 Butler Henderson in Barrow Hill Roundhouse-2015

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