63460 (NER 901, LNER 901, LNER 3460 & BR 63460)

NER 901 was built at Darlington where it was shopped from North Road in September 1919.

As the first engine of the class it was put on dynamometer car trails at first in the Tyne Valley between Newcastle and Carlisle and later between Newport and Shildon.

901 was originally allocated to Blaydon before been transferred to Hull Dairycoates in December 1923, where it was to haul coal trains between the South Yorkshire pits and the docks at Hull. By 1929 it was back in the North East, seeing service at Haverton Hill, Stockton, West Hartlepool and Darlington. Under a Wartime reshuffle of motive power all 15 members of the class were concentrated at Tyne Dock Shed, later to work the Consett iron ore trains, for which they were fitted with vacuum brake equipment and two Westinghouse pumps for opening and closing the air-operated doors on the ore wagons.

63460 remained at Tyne Dock until withdrawal in December 1962. Earmarked for preservation as part of the National Collection, the engine was stored at Darlington Works, being steamed in September 1963 and again in May 1964 to work railtours in the North East. Thereafter it was stored at Hellifield, Stratford – London and Preston Park – Brighton, before moving to York in 1978.

In 1979 an agreement was reached between the National Railway Museum and the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) for the loan of the locomotive, with the group funding its restoration. Work started on the overhaul at Grosmont in 1982 and 1991 and the locomotive eventually entered traffic on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR).

In LNER livery, as class Q7 number 901 the locomotive became a regular performer taking the heavy peak season trains in its stride until withdrawal in 1999. The locomotive remained in store in Deviation shed at Grosmont until June 2004 when it was moved by road to Shildon, and was the first steam locomotive to arrive at the National Railway Museum’s new museum Locomotion.


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Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum On static display National Railway Museum NRM Object Number{1978-7029}

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