W G Bagnall Works No 2766 WD75178 0-6-0ST

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This locomotive is an Austerity type locomotive built for the Second World War effort by W G Bagnall in 1944. Bagnall built the locomotive as a sub-contractor to Hunslet Engine Co Ltd. Bagnall built 52 of the 377 that were built for the War Department between 1943 and 1947. This locomotive carried the number WD75178.The LNER bought some of these locomotives which became the J94 class.

The locomotive was sent to France in February 1945 but arrived too late to take any active duty in the Second World War. After two years in store t was sold to the National Coal Board (NCB) for use in South Wales. Despite being involved in an accident at Maesteg in 1971 it survived in service until in entered preservation on the South Devon Railway in 1976.

After a very lengthy restoration undertaken by the Cornish Steam Locomotive Preservation Society the locomotive steamed again on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in October 2017.

2766 next to 30587 at Bodmin on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway – April 2018

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