69621 (GER 999E, LNER 7999, LNER 9621 & BR 69621)

69621 East Anglia Railway Museum May 2017.jpg

69621 was built at Stratford in March 1924 as the last locomotive of the original batch of 22 locomotives of the N7 class. In fact it was the last locomotive of any class to be built at Stratford.

It entered service as GE 999E as one of the engines fitted with a condenser to work on the Metropolitan lines. The condensing apparatus was removed in May 1937

BR Motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
Ist January 1948Stratford
November 1948Parkeston
September 1951Stratford
July 1952Colwick
February 1953Woodford Halse
June 1953Colwick
April 1954Stratford
May 1957Lowestoft
September 1959Stratford

It was withdrawn from service in September 1962 and purchased by Dr. Fred Youell for preservation.

It moved to the East Anglian Railway Museum in 1973, but work was not started on restoring the N7 to steam until 1981. The locomotive returned to steam in 1989, and spent the next ten years visiting many preserved. At that time it gained the name A J Hill in honour of its designer.

In 1991 the N7 also visited Stratford (where 69621 was build and sometimes based) to mark the closure of the works.

69621 re-entered into service on the North Norfolk Railway where it is on long term loan from the East Anglia Railway Museum after its second general heavy overhaul in September 2005.

It spent some time on the Churnet Valley Railway in 2015 where it worked until April 2105 when the boiler certificate expired.

There are no plans to return the locomotive to steam again so it has been cosmetically restored in BR lined black  for display at Platform 4 at the Chappel & Wakes Colne which is part of the East Anglia Railway Museum.

Despite a legacy of £115,00 being made available for the engine there are no plans to undertake any major work on 69621 within the next two to three years when the situation will be reviewed again.

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69621 at Liverpool Street station - April 1962
69621 at Liverpool Street station – April 1962
69621 in storage in Leeds Neville Hill shed-July 1966
69621 next to 61994 The Great Marquess whilst both were being stored in Leeds Neville Hill shed-July 1966
69621 on the Swanagre Railway – September 1990
69621 near Cheddleton on the Churnet Vllaey Railway - January 2007.jpg
69621 near Cheddleton on the Churnet Vllaey Railway – January 2007
69621 at Weybourne on the North Norfolk Railway – June 2007
69621 under repair at Buckfastleigh – August 2010
69621 on the Churnet Valley Railway between Frogall and Consall – February 2015
69621 on the Churnet Valley Railway near Cheddleton – February 2015
69621 East Anglia Railway Museum May 2017.jpg
69621 East Anglia Railway Museum May 2017
69621-At a long drive to the East Anglia Railway Museum it was closed despite the website saying it was open. This was as close as I could get as beer tents were being built for a forthcoming event. – September 2017

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