78019 was completed at Darlington in March 1954 and allocated to Kirkby Stephen. In February 1955, whilst fitted with a snowplow,78019 was required to free 78018 from a snowdrift on the Stainmore Railway.
Motive power depot allocations.
|March 1954||Kirkby Stephen|
|April 1960||Wigan Springs Branch|
|January 1966||Crewe South|
78019 was withdrawn from service in November 1966 and sold to Woodham Brothers as scrap. It arrived in the Barry scrapyard in June 1967 and remained there until March 1973.
78019 was purchased by Charles Newton just before the introduction of VAT which increased the price of buying old steam engines. It was moved to the Severn Valley Railway (SVR) in March 1973.
In 1998 a deal was made involving the locomotives owner (Charles Newton) and the Loughborough Standard Locomotive Group Ltd where joint equal ownership of the locomotive was agreed, it moved to Loughborough and restoration began in earnest. As a result 78019 was steamed again on the Great Central Railway in 2004.
The locomotive was restored and ran for ten years on the Great Central Railway before the boiler certificate expired in May 2015. It is now being overhauled at Loughborough.
During 2017 work was undertaken on the boiler at Tyseley.
The tender from 78019 has been attached to 78018 which is owned by the Darlington Railway Preservation Society.
The aim is to have the locomotive available for the winter 2019 gala on the GCR but it is possible that it will return to steam before the end of 2018. By the end of 2017 the boiler overhaul at Tyseley was nearing completion and the wheels were ready to be placed back underneath the frames.
By November 2018 work on the frames and motion was virtually complete and work on the boiler was scheduled to restart at Tyseley.
|Home Base||Current Status||Owner|
|Great Central Railway||Under overhaul||Charles Newton and the Loughborough Standard Locomotive Group Ltd|