Double ‘Gronk’ action at Kidderminster


TWO English Electric 350hp 0-6-0DEs were seen departing simultaneously from Severn Valley Railway (SVR), Kidderminster station on August 22.

Nearest the camera is Class 09 No. D4100 Dick Hardy, heading the LNER teak set as e.c.s., while on the far road, Class 08 No. D3022 pulls a dead steam loco.

The passenger stock had been in use during the day on ‘Wizard Express’ specials, one of which was worked by Class 50 No. 50035 Ark Royal.

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No. D4100 was one of the 26 original Class 09s with different gearing to the much more numerous 08s, giving a higher top speed of 27.5mph.

A number of 08s were later re-geared, becoming Classes 09/1 and 09/2.

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This loco was renumbered as TOPS 09012 and was named by the late, well-known career railwayman Richard Hardy at Stewarts Lane open day on April 10, 1988.

It was withdrawn from main line service in 2004 and acquired by the SVR in February 2003 un-named, in departmental grey. It was subsequently restored to original BR green livery in June 2015, and its name reinstated. Picture: BEN BUCKI

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