Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0 8624
Photographed at the Great Central Railway shed, Loughborough, on 16 March 2011.
Fictional LMS Crimson Lake livery.
A dedicated group of volunteers from Peak Rail were rewarded on Saturday 25 April 2009 when LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0 locomotive 8624 moved under its own power for the first time in almost 44 years - the culmination of a 28 year restoration of the locomotive from scrap condition.
Withdrawn from Willesden Depot in London in July 1965, 8624 seemed destined to be cut up for scrap along with thousands of other steam locomotives. However, fate was on its side and it was bought for scrap by Woodham Brothers of Barry, South Wales, who famously allowed 213 steam locomotives, including 8624, to be re-sold for preservation instead of scrapping them. Salvation for 8624 came in 1981, when it was purchased by the 48624 Society for preservation and moved to Peak Rail's former base at Buxton for work to begin.
Picture added on 27 March 2011 at 22:20