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Severn Valley ‘4MT’ returns to front-line service


Riddles ‘4MT’ 4-6-0 No. 75069 officially entered traffic at the Severn Valley Railway over the weekend of February 16-17, some 25 years after being withdrawn with significant boiler issues.

The double-chimney Standard – always a popular SVR performer prior to 1994 – made its official return to service on February 16, resplendent in full-lined BR black livery. 

It marked the culmination of a major overhaul that began in 2013, which has seen the loco receive a new boiler barrel and extensive firebox renewal, plus new pipework, cab, dragbox, smokebox and chimney, not to mention repairs to the tender.

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The loco is pictured passing through Oldbury Cutting on February 17 with the 10.30 from Bridgnorth, carrying appropriate Southern Region headcode discs. KENNY FELSTEAD

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