The Churnet Valley Railway is North Staffordshire’s (and my) local preserved line. Late November found them preparing for the forthcoming Santa Specials.

On the left is class S160 6046, which was to pull the special for at least the first two weeks. Right is ex-LNER class N7 69621 (GER Class L77) 0-6-2T, the only surviving member of its class.

No. 6046 was built as works no.70280 by the Baldwin Locomotive Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and the locomotive was exported straight to France in 1945 to help with the war effort. Once her use with the French SNCF came to an end many S160s were scrapped though 6046 found her way to Hungary.

The S160s were classified as the MAV 411 Class by the Hungarian State Railways, and 6046 became 411.144. She spent the majority of her working life on industrial lines, before being withdrawn. She was formally preserved in the Hungarian National Collection, however due to an administrative error she was sent for scrap

Fortunately though she saved from the cutters torch after a UK Preservationist learnt of her plight, being purchased by Martin Haines, a pilot, who brought her to the UK with the intention of restoring her. She arrived into the UK complete and was sent to Tyseley where she was positioned around the turntable and restoration began.

Eventually though she was sold to Greg Wilson who moved her kit of parts to the Churnet Valley Railway, who then restarted her restoration in 2006. On 29th June 2012, 6046 was steamed and moved under own power for the first ever time on UK metals.

Technical Data
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 18-200mm
Exposure Program: Aperture priority
ISO: 160
Aperture: f5.6, f6.3 & f7.1
Speed: 1/125, 1/160 & 1/200 sec
HDR: Photomatix
Processing: Photoshop CS5
Filter: NIK ColorEfex


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  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 1 year ago

  • Thank for the feature, it is much appreciated

    – David J Knight

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerabout 1 year ago

    Nice one. – Ted

  • Cheers Ted

    – David J Knight

  • WildBillPho
    WildBillPhoabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful image David!

  • Thanks Bill

    – David J Knight

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 1 year ago

    Great looking old train,..

  • Thanks John, greatly appreciated

    – David J Knight

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 1 year ago

    Terrific images of these two trains David – I used to be a train spotter in my younger days when our house backed onto the railway line into Swindon. Great history write-up too.

  • Cheers Roy – I too was a trainspotter spending many a happy hour on Crewe station

    – David J Knight

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 1 year ago

    nice picture of the old trains. what a great machine it was ;)

  • Thanks for taking the time to comment, much appreciated

    – David J Knight

  • debidabble
    debidabbleabout 1 year ago


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