Poignant moment Keighley and Worth Valley Railway steam locomotive makes final trip after safety certificate expires

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The Midland Railway 4F engine’s accreditation for safe operation expired on New Years Eve, and it will now go into storage until the Heritage Line can secure funds for repairs to make it fit again. to the rail.

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The locomotive, 43924, has spent the last decade running on the line and was built in 1920 for the Midland Railway, which originally operated the branch between Keighley and Oxenhope which is now part of the preserved route.

The engine carried a Mince Pie Special on its last day on the job

He spent his last day of duty working on one of the Mince Pie Special trains and has been described as a “popular and regular performer” by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

The engine, nicknamed Big Goods, was taken off the mainline in 1965 and salvaged from scrap metal in 1970. It first operated on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway until 1987, when a backlog of repairs forced it to be taken out of service and given a major overhaul which ultimately took almost 25 years. It was only returned to service in 2011.

Photographer Robert Batty, who captured his last trip on Dec. 31, said: “The railroad can only service a limited number of engines at a time, and are currently working on two more engines. They will have a plan as to when to the engines it will use. a redesign, and right now, there’s no question of doing a redesign on the 43924. It’s one of those times that never says never, but it could take a few years. later when he turns the wheel. He waited 23 years between his last two tickets. “

Big Goods waits at the platform
Boarding the train
The locomotive has been described as “popular and regular”


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