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Youngsters admiring the Polar Star steam loc
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No: 2642   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1950   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: England
Youngsters admiring the Polar Star steam loc

Steam Locomotive Polar Star being admired by several young lads. Photo taken c1950.
According to info found elsewhere on the web she was a Brittania class loc 70026.
Picture added on 05 December 2007
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This is the locomotive which derailed at Milton, near Didcot, on 20 November 1955. An extract from the report on the accident:
"Owing to the occupation of the Up Main line for engineering purposes, all traffic was being diverted to the Up Goods loop at Milton in accordance with the printed Weekly Notices. Eleven trains had been so diverted without incident during the morning, but the 8.30 a.m. excursion train from Treherbert to Paddington, comprising 10 coaches hauled by a Pacific type engine (70026 Polar Star - contributor's note), became derailed at the facing crossover between the Main and the Goods lines. The derailment was caused by the excessive speed of the train through the sharply curved crossover.
The engine and the leading three coaches went down the 18 ft. embankment to the left and the five following vehicles were derailed. The engine was overturned and four of the first five coaches were demolished or heavily damaged. I regret to state that 11 of the 293 passengers in the train lost their lives, and that 157 were injured, of whom 62 were detained in hospital. In addition the engine driver and a travelling ticket collector were seriously injured, and 4 other railway servants, including the guard, sustained minor injury or shock."
It was as the result of this accident that the handrails on the smoke deflectors were removed and (on the Western Region only) the ejector exhaust pipe alongside the smokebox was lowered. The handrails were replaced by six rectangular hand-holds.
70026 had been built at Crewe between September and November 1952 and allocated to the Western Region.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 19 February 2008.
This loco came off the rails just out side Didcot in 1955. This killed 11 and 157 was hert.

Added by Mr M O G Merry on 18 February 2013.
BR Standard 'Britannia' 70026 'Polar Star' built in October 1952 at Crewe, withdrawn in January 1967 and scrapped the following May. Attached to a BR1A 5000 gallon tender.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 18 February 2013.
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