WWW No.166 (Updated to 22 April 2018)
Interim update - This picture of Negative No. 22163, was published on page 147, May/June 2013 Journal with an initial answer published on page 184 of the July/August 2013 Journal. However, it is now known the original answer was incorrect as to location. As further information is received further updates will follow.
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This picture was also reproduced in the October 2015 edition of Backtrack magazine. The caption therein gave the location as Nottingham Midland station, whereas Stockport was stated the Journal (July/August 2013). The Stockport answer is now fully disproved. The Backtrack caption further stated that the 0-6-0 North Staffordshire Railway locomotive is piloting a LNWR 2-4-0 on a Yarmouth - Liverpool Lime Street through train, c1928. The 0-6-0 was withdrawn by the LMS at the end of 1928.
As stated with the published picture the identity of the leading locomotive was clear, North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) 0-6-0 No. 67. This can be amplified as follows - this locomotive was one of thirty NSR Class E locomotives built between 1871-1877. Originally numbered 67 the locomotive became LMS 2340 in 1923 when LMS numbers were allocated and in 1928 the surviving engines of the class were renumbered 8650-8664 to make way for the new Fowler 2-6-4Ts. This locomotive being renumbered 8662. The first of the class was withdrawn before 1923 and the last in 1934.
A central lamp iron on the buffer plank of the pilot engine would set the earliest date in the mid-1890s. The name on the train engine is not readable but it is identified as a Webb ‘Improved Precedent’ (Big Jumbo) as running from 1887 until displaced from principal trains shortly after the turn of the century. The reason for a pilot engine is unclear. A possibiliy is that the 0-6-0 is being worked (accompanied) back to its home shed.
The photograph is from the W.A. Camwell collection.
Information supplied by Mike Wheelwright and R. Wood is acknowledged with thanks.
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