Stanier 8F, 8624 is waiting to leave with the 16:00 departure from Loughborough for Leicester, on part of the preserved Great Central Railway in Leicestershire. It is actually painted in maroon, a colour it never carried in service.
Withdrawn from Willesden Depot in London in July 1965, 8624 seemed destined to be cut up for scrap along with thousands of other steam locomotives. However, fate was on her side and it was bought for scrap by Woodham Brother’s of Barry who famously allowed 213 steam locomotives, including 8624, to be re-sold for preservation instead of scrapping them. Salvation for 8624 came in 1981, when she was purchased by the 48624 Society for preservation and moved to Peak Rail’s former base at Buxton for work to begin.
On Saturday 25 April 2009, 8624 moved under her own power for the first time in almost 44 years.
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