46443, LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0
Photographed at Bewdley in the "Rock" siding during the Severn Valley Railway Steam Gala on 8 March 2009. It's easy to see where the name of the siding originated!
A total of 128 of these Moguls were built between 1946 and 1953, mostly at Crewe. 20 were built by LMS and given the numbers 6400-19. On nationalisation in 1948 40000 was added to their numbers to become 46400-19. The remaining 108 locomotives of the class, numbered 46420-46527 were built by British Railways, and from 46465 (Darlington, 1951) an increase in cylinder diameter of 1/2 inch yielded a Tractive Effort of 18,510 lbs., 1,100 lbs. greater than the original design. The LMS classified them 2F, BR as 2MT.
They are affectionately nicknamed "Mickey Mouse" engines, and seven of them have been preserved.
Both 46443 and 46521 appeared in a film version of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. For this role both locomotives were heavily disguised to have a European flavour, and the filming was carried out on the Severn Valley Railway.
See also picture #6286
Picture added on 10 March 2009