BR Standard to make gala debut as scrapped sister

THE latest Barry scrapyard locomotive to be returned to steam will run in the identity of a long-gone sister when making its gala debut

BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 No. 73156, the rebuild of which has been completed at the Great Central Railway’s Loughborough shed, will take the identity of No. 73084 Tintagel.

BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 No. 73156 stands at Loughborough station with a test run on September 8. Andrew Morley

The GCR’s October 5-8 autumn steam gala will be themed to mark 50 years since the end of steam on the Southern Region, and will see the gala debut of No. 73156, which has already made light engine test runs.

Its two guests will be Bulleid Battle of Britain light Pacific No. 34081 92 Squadron from the Nene Valley Railway and rebuilt sister No. 34053 Sir Keith Park from the Severn Valley Railway.

‘Standard Arthurs’

No. 73084 was a Nine Elms shed engine, one of 20 class members that worked on the Southern Region.

They were given the names of former S15 King Arthur 4-6-0s between May 1959 and May 1961, becoming known as ‘Standard Arthurs’.

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