EM2 emerges into daylight

FORMER BR Class 77 (EM2) Co-Co 1,500V DC loco NS No. 1505 Ariadne was pulled out from its usual resting place in the Power Hall at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) for a photo-shoot on July 2.

It is many years since this loco has been outside.

A total of seven EM2s were built at Gorton Works for use on passenger trains on the Manchester to Sheffield ‘Woodhead Route’ in 1953/54. Following closure of passenger services, the locos were sold in 1969 for further use by Netherlands Railways (NS).

Three survive in preservation: No. E27000 Electra, with the EM2 Locomotive Society at the Midland Railway-Butterley; No. E27001 (NS No. 1505) Ariadne, and No. E27003 Diana (NS No. 1501), operational in the Netherlands. Picture: TERRY EYRES

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