Was City of Peterborough the last locomotive to leave a BR steam shed?

THE overhaul of the Nene Valley Railway’s flagship BR Standard 5MT No. 73050 City of Peterborough – which has a claim to being the final steam locomotive to leave a BR shed in August 1968 – is progressing at the line’s Wansford workshops.

Photographed from the public viewing gallery, City of Peterborough’s frames and driving wheels are seen on July 22. GARETH EVANS

The 4-6-0 was withdrawn at the expiry of its boiler ticket in 2014, and work began in early 2017.

Fully stripped down, the cylinders have been bored and the roller bearings inspected. The wheels are in need of reprofiling and the tender is currently being worked on.

Initial inspection of the boiler has highlighted some issues, and a section has been sent away for analysis.

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