92203 Black Prince

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92203 was built at Swindon in April 1959 and was one of the class members built with a double chimney.

Motive power depot allocations.

Date ArrivedDepot
April 1959St Phillips Marsh
September 1960Old Oak Common
May 1963Banbury
September 1966Birkenhead

It was withdrawn from service in November 1967 whilst based at Birkenhead where it had been employed on hauling heavy iron ore trains from Liverpool docks to Shotton Steel Works. It hauled the last steam-hauled iron ore train from Bidston docks to Shotton on 6th November 1967.

It was withdrawn only a short time after having its last overhaul. It was in fact on of the last locomotives to be overhauled at Crewe Works where it left in January 1967 a month before 70013 Oliver Cromwell was outshopped as the last overhauled locomotive at Crewe.

It was purchased from BR by David Shepherd for £3,000 and ran under its own steam from Crewe to the Longmoor Military Railway at Longmoor Camp in Hampshire where it was given the name Black Prince.

In May 1970 922203 was moved to Liss on what was to become the Longmoor Steam Railway.

When the Longmoor Military Railway closed in 1971 it moved to Eastleigh Diesel Depot where it remained until 1973. Whilst there it hauled a main line train from Oxford to Hereford and Worcester in May 1973.

In 1973 92203 moved to the East Somerset Railway which David Shepherd was one of the founders of. It steamed from Eastleigh to Westbury and then on to Cranmore in November 1973. In April 1975 92203 ran from Cranmore to Eastleigh and back.

92203 was withdrawn from service in November 1978 and had its boiler overhauled at Husbands Shipyard at Marchwood near Southampton. The overhaul was completed by September 1979.

In September 1982 92203 hauled the heaviest freight train in Britain when it pulled a freight train of 2,198 tonnes at Foster Yeoman’s Tor Works.

It visited a number of heritage railways before going on extended loan to the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway at Toddington until the its boiler certificate expired in 2002. Following overhaul 92203 remained on the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway until 2010 when it moved on extended loan to the North Norfolk Railway (NNR).

Following overhaul on the NNR the locomotive returned to service in 2014 and was purchased by the railway in November 2015.

The locomotive was taken out of service in March 2019 following the discovery cracks in the shoulders of the firebox. Work did not start on repairing the locomotive until June it returned to traffic in August 2019.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
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92203 on Bath shed – Autumn 1960
92203 next to 92189 on Severn Tunnel Junction shed. 92189 was scrapped in April 1966 – 1961 Photograph by Mike Macleur
92203 hauls a northbound freight through Tramway Junction Gloucester – August 1965
92203 at Hooton hauling the Stephenson Locomotive Society’s Farewell to the GWR Birmingham – Birkenhead Service March 1967
92203 on Swindon shed next to 7808 Cookham Manor and two Hymeks - November 1967.jpg
92203 on Swindon shed next to 7808 Cookham Manor and two Hymeks – November 1967
92203 Black Prince on the Lonhmoor Military Railway - June 1968.jpg
92203 Black Prince on the Lonhmoor Military Railway – June 1968
92203 at Longmoor - Serptember 1968.jpg
92203 at Longmoor – Serptember 1968
92203 on the East Somerset Railway – 1980s
92203 on the Great Central Railway – November 1996
92203 at Shotton Steelworks on a charter to commemorate 30 years since the last steam working on iron ore train – October 1997
92203 at the NRB York - 2004.jpg
92203 at the NRM York – 2004
92203 at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway – July 2010
92203 at Weybourne on the North Norfolk Railway – September 2012
92203 Black Prince near Holt on the North Norfolk Railway – September 2017
92203 Black Prince with 7714 as pilot at Sheringham on the North Norfolk Railway – September 2017

92203 Black Prince at Holt on the North Norfolk Railway – September 2017

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