THE Severn Valley Railway has started trial running of its newly overhauled BR ‘4MT’ No. 75069, ahead of the loco’s return to front line service.
The double-chimney 4-6-0 steamed for the first time in more than 20 years on December 11, and passed its boiler exam two days later.
The Riddles-designed loco then began a programme of testing and running-in, which would last over Christmas and into the New Year, before it enters the paintshop for final painting and lining out in BR black with late crest on the tender.
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No. 75069, seen passing through Bewdley during a Bridgnorth to Kidderminster trial on December 14, will form part of the line-up for the railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on September 19-22, which is to have a BR ‘Standards’ theme, with a Southern twist. BOB SWEET
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