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  • 12th November 1954, Scottish Region 'J88' Class 0-6-0T No. 68341 ran away on the Kirkcaldy Docks and Plunged off the harbour wall and into the Firth of Forth. The Crew managed to jump off in time, but the loco had to be fished out of the sea by a breakdown crane two days later and never returned to service.[1]
  • Ivatt 2-6-0 no. 46460 was fitted with a Cowcatcher at the front and rear in June 1952 for working on the former St. Combs Light Railway in Scotland. Such Apparatus had previously been fitted to tank engines but as a tender engine, No. 46460 was a British Rarity.[1]
  • Ivatt 2-6-4T No. 41224 carried the 1948-style BRITISH RAILWAYS Lettering on its tanksides until at least March 1959.[1]
  • The most powerful combination of steam traction put to work on a British train occurred in the spring of 1950 when a freight hauled by ex-LMS 2-6-6-2 'Beyer-Garratt' No. 47992 was banked up the 1-in-37 Lickey Incline by ex-LNER 2-8-8-2 No. 69999 and ex-LMS 0-10-0 'Big Bertha', a total of 38 driving wheels for 42 wagons.[1]
  • In 1959, London Midland Region 4-4-0 No. 41101 was repainted with a garish yellow boiler and tender, bright red cab and white wheels to haul an 'Andy Capp' special from Manchester to Blackpool on August 3rd that year.[1][2]
  • On January 20th 1977, failure of a diesel-electric loco at Birmingham saw BR Western Region Class 52 diesel-hydraulic No. D1013 Western Ranger run to Leeds - this is believed to be the furthest north a Westerner ever got, in normal service.[1]
  • The 1959 FA Cup Semi-Final between Aston Villa and Notts Forest was referied by Eastern Region official Mr Ernest Crawford.[3]
  • On the 11th of December 1970 BR created a Patient for a Flying Saucer!
  • Cirtain classes of trains where given nicknames by enthusiasts such as Westerners and Egg Timers.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Railway Magazine 101 Things You Didn't know about Railways, July 2016
  2. Vol.10 No.10 December 1959, British Railways, London Midland Region Magazine
  3. Vol. 10 No. 5 May 1959, British Railways, Western Region Magazine