|Photo: Charles Moorhen|
Seen here in steam, (literally), at Alresford station on the Mid-Hants Railway, also known as the Watercress Line, BR Standard Class 5, 73096, is as good as she ever was 60 years ago.
Nowadays, operating train services between Alresford and Alton in Hampshire, 4-6-0 73096 locomotive was built at Derby Works in November 1955.
As a mixed traffic locomotive, the usual livery was of black lined out in red, cream and grey. However, the BR Green livery, as in the photo above, began to appear in 1956 when Swindon Works took over overhauls.
73096 worked on various regions of the British Railways network before finally being withdrawn in November 1967. Following withdrawal the locomotive along with so many others was sent to Dai William's scrapyard at Barry, Wales, to be cut up. Fortunately, she avoided that undignified fate by being rescued for preservation in 1985.
Sadly, in contrast to the fortunes of 73096, although 171 examples of this popular class of steam locomotive were built, only five remain in preservation at this time.
It is interesting to note that 73096 has worked longer on the Mid-Hants Railway then it ever did on British Railways!
A comprehensive list of preserved locomotives can be found here.
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