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S&DJR Fowler Class 7F 2-8-0 No. 53808 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1965
Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway Fowler Class 7F 2-8-0 No. 53808 at at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 12th August 1965. It was built by Robert Stephenson and Company, Darlington and entered traffic in July 1914. It was withdrawn from 71G Bath Green Park shed in March 1964.
The Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway (S&DJR) 7F 2-8-0 was a class of steam locomotive designed for hauling heavy coal and goods trains. Eleven were built in two batches in 1914 and 1925, and were used until withdrawn between 1959 and 1964. The Midland Railway, joint owners of the S&DJR with the London and South Western Railway (L&SWR), were in charge of locomotive policy on the line. The S&DJR which was heavily graded and required power over and above what was available from the Midland's small engines. M. H. Ryan, S&DJR locomotive superintendent argued for a type specific to the line. Two plans for 0-8-0s were suggested in 1907 but would have been too heavy. Clearly a special exception to the small engine policy, James Clayton the draughtsman at Derby was given a free hand to design the engine, and produced something unlike any other Derby-designed locomotive of the time. 53808 was a Post-Grouping development with 5' 3" diameter boiler and detail alterations than the earlier locos. Six were built in 1914 and numbered 80–85 by the S&DJR. In 1925 an additional 5 were ordered from Robert Stephenson and Company in Darlington and built with the larger G9BS boilers, becoming numbers 86–90. These latter locos were rebuilt with smaller 4' 9" diameter boiler by BR.
Two have survived, 88 (9678/13808/53808) on the West Somerset Railway http://www.west-somerset-railway.com uk/ and 89 (9679/13809/53809) at the Midland Railway, Butterley.
No. 88 (53808) returned to service in December 2005 and is painted in S&DJR blue livery, which it never carried in service. No. 89's latest overhaul was completed in January 2006, and the locomotive emerged in BR Black Livery as No. 53809 (with Late Crest), entering service in early February at the Midland Railway - Butterley. It is currently preserver at The West Somerset Railway.
A trainspotter, Howie Milburn, poses looking out of the cab window wearing a polo neck shirt and jacket.Date Photo Taken
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Steam Loco Information for S&DJR Fowler Class 7F 2-8-0 No. 53808 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1965 - Low Resolution Image
Steam Loco Class Information for S&DJR Fowler Class 7F 2-8-0 No. 53808 at Woodhams Scrapyard 1965 - Low Resolution Image
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