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78059 was built at Darlington in September 1956.

Motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
September 1956Chester Northgate
April 1959Llandudno Junction
November 1959Bangor
April 1964Holyhead
October 1964Bangor
June 1965Willesden
October 1966Nuneaton
May 1966Stoke
October 1966Crewe South

I am indebted to Mel Gun for the picture taken in 1966 and the extract from the article below. His father was third photographed third from the left amongst staff at Nuneaton.

Withdrawn in November 1966 after a working life of just over ten years. It was sold for scrap to the Barry scrapyard of Woodham Brothers where it arrived in June 1967.

It remained at Barry until May 1983 following its purchase by members of the Bluebell Railway Trust with the intention of converting 78059 to a tank engine version as 84030. The logic being that there are no tank engine versions of the 2MT class locomotive preserved.

78059 was one of many locomotives from purchased from Barry without a tender as the tender had been sold by Woodham Brothers to Duport Steelworks at Briton Ferry where it was used to carry heavy ingots of scrap steel. Tenders such as this were shorn of their bodies and finally met their end in Duport’s own furnaces.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Bluebell Railway 

Being used to build 84030


Bluebell Railway
78059 in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – May 1967
78059 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – March 1981
78059 at Sheffield park on the Bluebell Railway – May 1984
78059 at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway – July 1985

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