LSWR Beattie 2-4-0 well tank No. 30587 is to return to the city of its birthplace for the first time in 143 years.
No. 30587 was built in Manchester in 1874 and had a working life of almost 90 years, it was one of a trio retained in service in Cornwall for decades after its sisters elsewhere were scrapped because no other type could be found to run over the tightly-curving Wenfordbridge branch.
Back in the Fifties, enthusiasts regarded Wadebridge shed as a ‘Mecca’ where these antique locomotives could be seen in service. It was not until 1962 that the three were finally replaced by a trio of GWR 13XX pannier tanks.
Now visitors to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry will be able to see No. 30587 in action in its home city in June.
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