No. 75069 testing underway at SVR

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.

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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