BR Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 78018
Photographed during restoration at the Great Central Railway workshop at Loughborough on 22 April 2013.
This locomotive was built in 1953 at Darlington North Road Works at a cost of £14,809. One of a class of 65, it entered traffic on 3 March,1954 at West Auckland Shed (County Durham). This was soon followed by a move to Kirkby Stephen, working trains from Tebay to Barnard Castle. It was while here that 78018 became famous by getting stuck in a snow drift during February, 1955, which resulted in the film 'Snowdrift at Bleath Gill'. It went to Chester Midland in April 1960 and then in 1962 to Workington. In May 1963 it was transferred to Willesden, then Nuneaton in September, 1965 and finally Shrewsbury before withdrawal on 12 November, 1966.
78018 stayed at Barry scrapyard for 11 years before preservation began at Shackerstone in November, 1978, although little work was done there and it was sold on to the Darlington Railway Preservation Society in 1981.
At Darlington restoration work continued until, in 2012 when re-assembly was due, it was decided to bring the locomotive to the GCR as faciities at Darlington were inadeqaute. The locomotive is now being assembled with the assistance of the Loughborough Standards Locomotive Group (LSLG) and work on the boiler will be completed. The tender will remain at Darlington until its renovation is completed when it will be moved to Loughborough to rejoin the locomotive. 78018 will then be based at the GCR for the duration of its 10 year boiler ticket, with LSLG as custodians of the locomotive but DRPS remaining the owner.
The locomotive arrived at the GCR on 8 November, 2012.
Picture added on 03 November 2013 at 22:20