76084 gets ready for main line debut

RIDDLES ‘4MT’ 2-6-0 No. 76084 will be just days away from its full revenue-earning main line debut as this issue of The RM goes on sale.

Displaying its overhead warning flashes for main line working, ‘4MT’ No. 76084 is seen at Fernhill with the 13.10 from Bury to Rawtenstall on December 26. BRIAN DOBBS

The 76084 Locomotive Company Limited’s Mogul is preparing to work the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Buxton Spa Express’ on February 25 with ‘Jubilee’ No. 45690 Leander.

It is a case of second time lucky for the ‘4MT’ as the loco was originally to make its debut on February 4 with another ‘Buxton Spa Express’, again with the ‘Jubilee’.

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This tour had been intended to run from Manchester Victoria, passing the site of No. 76084’s former home at Lower Darwen shed, near Blackburn, before continuing via Copy Pit, Rochdale and Chinley to Buxton, then returning by way of Stockport to Preston. However, the tour was subsequently cancelled owing to low bookings.

Read more in February’s issue of The RM – out now!

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