68078 (WD 71463, LNER 8078 & BR 68078)

68078  Widdrington September 1971.jpg

68078 was built by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co. Ltd. as Works No 2212 at Kilmarnock in July 1946 and went into service on the LNER.

In August 1949 it was fitted with an extended coal bunker.

BR motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
1st January 1948Immingham
June 1959Thornaby
March 1961Langwith Junction

68078 was withdrawn from service with BR in March 1963.

It was then purchased by Derek Crouch Ltd and used in Northumberland at Widdrington Disposal Point.

In 1975 it was the last steam locomotive in commercial use in Northumberland.

It was then stored out of use but was acquired by the GW Preservation Society at Southall in October 1987.

It was then placed in store at the former ROF establishment at Hayes in Middlesex whilst it awaited restoration.

It is privately owned by and is at Hope Farm, Sellindge in Kent where it is being restored.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Hope Farm, SellindgeUnder restorationPrivately owned
68078 starts a loaded train from the opencast disposal point towards the exchange sidings next to the east coast main line at Widdrington North – April 1969
68078 at Widdrington open cast mine – Date unknown
68078  Widdrington September 1971.jpg
68078 at Widdrington – September 1971

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