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NBR C Class 0-6-0 'Maude' - 673
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No: 17242   Contributor: Ray Bennett   Year: 1980   Manufacturer: Neilson and Company   Country: England
NBR C Class 0-6-0 'Maude' - 673

Representing the North British Railway is 'Maude' number 673, a Holmes C Class 0-6-0 Tender locomotive of between 1888 and 1900. Seen here at Rainhill in 1980.
Picture added on 20 May 2013 at 22:30
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North British Railway 0-6-0 no. 673 was built by Neilson & Co, works no. 4392, at Glasgow in December 1891. It was one of 168 of Matthew Holmes’ C class, the largest NBR class, with 18 inch cylinders – they became kmown colloquially as ’the 18 inchers'. In December 1915 W.P. Reid, Holmes’ successor, radically altered no. 673 at Cowlairs Works by replacing the 4 ft 6 ¼ in boiler by a new 4 ft 81/4 in boiler, moving the safety valves from the top of the dome to the firebox and adding a ”proper” cab with roof and windows.
The Great War was now in progress, and in October 1917 The Railway Operating Division sent the locomotive, along with 24 other ’18 inchers' to France to carry materials and munitions to the front lines. On their retirn in 1919 these locomotives were honoured by being given names associated with WW1 and various personalities. No. 673 was christened ’Maude’, after Lt. Gen. Frederick Stanley Maude, who died of cholera in Baghdad on 17 November 1917. This name was painted on the middle splasher, and disappeared during an LNER overhaul in May 1945, but reappeared at Cowlairs in the 1950s, while the locomotive was renumbered 65243. ’Maude' and 2 sisters became the last steam locomotives operated by BR in Scotland. 65243 ended its BR days at Bathgate shed, and was snapped up by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society for £1, 250, although BR had wanted £1, 900!

Added by Peter Langsdale on 10 September 2013.
Even £1250 was a lot at the time though - it would have bought a house and raising money for railway preservation was very difficult.

Added by Peter Goodall on 10 September 2013.
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