80080

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80080 was built at Brighton in March 1954. It was based on the Eastern Region working on the London, Tilbury and Southend Line (LT&S) working commuter services out of London until that route was electrified in 1962.

Motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
March 1954Plaistow
May 1954Tilbury
July 1962Croes Newydd

It was withdrawn from service in July 1965 whilst based at Croes Newydd which by this time was a London Midland Region after being transferred from the Western Region in September 1963.

80080 was then sold for scrap to Woodham Brothers at Barry. It arrived at Barry in January 1966 and it remained there for the next fourteen years during which time it suffered the ravages weather, metal thieves, and later preservationists removing parts. When the locomotive was purchased in the autumn of 1980 all non-ferrous and motion parts were missing and it was no more than a skeletal hulk.

80080 was purchased for restoration in 1980 and moved to Matlock in November of that year but was moved to the Midland Railway at Butterley thee years later for restoration.

It returned to steam in 1987 and was passed for mainline running which it undertook until December 1997 by which time it had clocked up 37,000 miles.

80080 being originally used on London Underground steam on the met trips in 1990. In 1991 steam was to return to the Folkestone Harbour branch with 80080 taking the train down from the mainline to the station at Folkestone Harbour and then for the journey back up to the mainline 80080 was used to bank West Country pacific 34027 Taw Valley.

80080 also became the first steam engine to work a normal stopping passenger service on the mainline for over a quarter of a century back in March 1993, it worked for over a week on the Settle and Carlisle line working from Carlisle to Kirkby Stephen and back. It also returned to the famous Cambrian network in 1992.

80080 returned to steam following an overhaul in November 2010 and shortly afterwards was hired to the East Lancs Railway. In December 2016 the locomotive returned to the West Shed of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust where it will undergo some engineering work after failing its annual boiler inspection.It is understood that three of its superheater flue tubes failed.

It had been expected that the locomotive would return to the East Lancs Railway in March for an initial two year hire period. By June 2018 the boiler had been replaced on the frames of the locomotive.

Towards the end of 2018 it was reported that the completion of the overhaul was delayed as new piston rods were required. By then it was anticipated that the locomotive would steam again in January 2019 and return to Bury the following month. It is planned that 80080 will remain at Bury for five years.

In May 2019 the locomotive was failed due to a blow from superheater elements whilst undergoing a steam test.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
Midland Railway Centre with long term loan to the East Lancs RailwayUnder overhaul at ButterleyMidland Railway Centre
80080 in Woodhams scrapyard at Barry – August 1975
80080 leaving Milford Tunnel near Duffield – May 1988
80080 at Salisbury on a special train to Yeovil Junction – September 1988
80079 and 80080 heading a special train from Paignton to Bristol passing Cockwood Harbour – May 1994
80080 at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway – October 2011
80080 with 71000 Duke of Gloucester at Burrs Country Park on the East Lancashire Railway – February 2011
80080 with 80072 behind at Heywood on the East Lancashire Railway – February 2011
80080 at Burrs Country Park on the East Lancashire Railway – February 2012
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80080 at Irwell Vale on the East Lancashire Railway – January 2013
80080 at Baron Street Bury on the East Lancs Railway – February 2013
80080 at Irwell Vale on the East Lancashire Railway – February 2013
80080 on the viaduct over River Roch at Bury on the East Lancs Railway – February 2014
80080 at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway – September 2014
80080 at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway – October 2014
80080 at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway -January 2015
80080 at Ramsbottom on the East Lancashire Railway – January 2015
0080 at Ramsbottom on the East Lancashire Railway – September 2016
80080 and 34092 City of Wells at Bury on the East Lancs Railway – March 2019

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