NER 1621 (NER 1621, LNER 1621 & LNER 2108)

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The locomotive was built at Gateshead at a cost of £3,110 in 1893.

It was fitted with piston valve cylinders in 1905 and a superheater boiler in 1914.

During the Railway Race to the North completed the run from York to Newcastle in 78½ minutes at an average speed of 61½ mph.

It was withdrawn from service in July 1945 after completing 1,543,407 miles whilst in service.

Newcastle to Edinburgh in 113 minutes for the 124¼ miles at an average speed of 66mph.

It was preserved on account of its participation between York and Newcastle in the 1895 so-called railway races to the North, in which sister engine 1620 had actually been more distinguished running the 124.4 miles between Newcastle and Edinburgh in 113 minutes. Since that time it has been rebuilt with a superheater and piston valve cylinders. When first restored in 1945 it was simply repainted in NER passenger livery as it stood.

When repainted for display in the National Railway Museum in York in 1975 it was found that there was still water in the boiler from 30 years earlier, the boiler not having been properly drained following the engine’s withdrawal from service at the end of The Second World War.

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On static displayNational Railway Museum NRM Object Number{1975-7008}
1621 in the British Transport Museum at York - July 1972
1621 in the British Transport Museum at York – July 1972
1621 in Locomotion at Shildon – April 2015

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