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75078 was built at Swindon in January 1956 and as it was one of the batch of locomotives built for use on the Southern Region it was fitted with a BR1B tender which had a capacity of 4,725 gallons. This was because there were no water troughs on the Southern Region.

It was equipped with a double chimney in October 1961 whilst being overhauled at Eastleigh.

Motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1956Exmouth Junction
June 1956Basingstoke
March 1963Nine Elms
May 1965Eastleigh

75078 was withdrawn from service in July 1966 and sold to Woodham Brothers for scrap. It arrived at Barry in November 199 and stayed there until removed for preservation in June 1972. At the time of withdrawal, it had run for 360,000 miles on BR track.

It was purchased by the Standard 4 Locomotive Preservation Society Ltd in 1972 and arrived at Haworth on the Worth Valley Railway (now the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway) in June of that year. Restoration work started straight away and 75078 steamed again in February 1977.

In 1978 75078 ventured onto the BR main line to turn on the Shipley triangle.

Also in 1978 it appeared in the film Yanks.

In 1985 it was taken out of service for overhaul having achieved the highest mileage on the line of any of the home fleet. 75078 was back in revenue earning traffic in 1988 until it was withdrawn again in the late 1990s for a long term overhaul.

75078 returned to traffic again in February 2015.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 



The Standard 4 Locomotive Preservation Society
75078 approaching Vauxhall station – date unknown
75078 in Woodhan's scrapyard at Barry - July 1970.jpg
75078 in Woodhan’s scrapyard at Barry – July 1970
75078 in the workshops at Haworth on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway – October 2010
75078 in the centre with 90733 in front of 5820 on the left. Haworth on the KWVR – July 2011
75078 banking 90733 at Oakworth on the Keighley Worth Valley Railway – February 2015
75078 climbs out of Haworth banked by 58926 & 45212. KWVR – October 2016
75078 climbs out of Haworth banked by 58926 & 45212. KWVR – October 2016
75078 pilots 34053 Sir Keith Park as they leave Keighley on the KWVR – October 2016
75078 & 90733 at Damems on the KWVR – February 2015

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