This WD Austerity 2-8-0 was built during the Second World War by the Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, ready to be shipped out after D Day or the end of the war to replaced destroys locomotives. This one went to the Netherlands Railways to help get the railways there going again after the war
There were two sorts of these large Austerity WDs a 2-8-0 locomotive like this one and a 2-10-0 version.
The WD 2-8-0s were basic engines not meant to last long with no frills, and as few castings as possible. Build quick, simple and in large numbers was the order off the day
Of the 935 2-8-0s that were built, none of the 733 WD 2-8-0s that ran after the war on British Railways were saved.
In 1953 this locomotive which is now numbered 90733, was sold on by Netherlands Railways to the Swedish State Railways, were it worked till 1958. It was then Stored. This locomotive was found in Sweden, and in 1973 it was returned to the UK. to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.