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75079, BR Standard Class 4MT at Ropley shed
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No: 6127   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Swindon railway works   Country: England
75079, BR Standard Class 4MT at Ropley shed

Photographed on 12 February 2009 at the Mid-Hants Railway (the Watercress Line) locomotive shed.
Class introduced 1951, designed at Brighton, 75079 was built at Swindon in 1956, and fitted with a double chimney in 1957.
Withdrawn: Eastleigh, November 1966, arrived Barry Scrapyard: April 1967, departed Barry Scrapyard: 12 March 1982, arrived P.V.R.: 16 March 1982.
Departed P.V.R.: 27 April 2007.
The locomotive was jointly owned by the Plym Valley Railway Association and the Plym Valley Railway Company Ltd.
On 12 March 1982, 75079 became the 139th locomotive to leave the Barry scrap yard and on the following Tuesday 16 March, she was delivered to the P.V.R.
75079 was the first locomotive to arrive on the Plym Valley Railway. Numerically, the engine is the last 4-6-0 of the famous Swindon line, and when new in 1956 she worked the Sunday, Swindon to Plymouth fish train. Thereafter, her working life was spent on the Southern Region, almost totally on the Waterloo-Bournemouth-Weymouth route, but forays to the West Country were made now and again.
No major restoration work was carried out on 75079 since she arrived at the Plym Valley Railway, as it was felt that the money raised by the Railway would be better spent on actually re-building the line towards Plym Bridge. Any money raised by the 75079 sub-group, set up to oversee the loco's restoration, went on purchasing the missing components, such as cab fittings and the motion.
An offer to purchase 75079 was received and after an Extraordinary General Meeting, held on Saturday 21st April, the decision was made to sell 75079, complete with all the accumulated parts, to the Mid Hants Railway. The locomotive was transported to her new home on Friday 27th April 2007 and is currently in the state shown here.
Picture added on 28 February 2009
add commentComments:
i think im sure in saying that wadebridge ex southern bullied pacific 34007 was the first engine to arrive at the plym valley railway. the plym valley was prolific at buying many loco,s at the time from barry (as i witnessed as i went on many of the trips to barry to reserve and purchase many of the engines ) in hindsite i think that it was this that more than slowed down the main part of rebuilding the railway at the PVR ! there is though a good list of engines they bought ! although it must be said that most of the engines were bought by sub groups etc ! ex sr 34007.. ex gwr 3802 .. ex gwr 7229 .. ex br 75079 .. ex gwr-br 4160 (not direct from barry) and ex south african railways 3ft gauge GMAM bayer garrat ( 4.8.2+2.8.4 i think )and an industrial steam engine from cornwall and ex devonport dockyard diesel rail crane and rolling stock and the oldest class 08 diesel (D3002) and other stuff i cant think of as its so late now (0506 am ). several of these engines now steam again (although not at the PVR ) and the PVR also is starting to make really good progress at rebuilding the first part of there line. hope this updates and clears a few things. regards Daren

Added by Daren Peter French on 14 March 2010.
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