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.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 1 year ago

    Super sharp capture Colin …

  • Thanks a lot Tom.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 1 year ago

    Oh I love this, can smell it and hear it, fabulous shot Colin x

  • Cheers Pauline.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 1 year ago

    Great old engine with an interesting history Colin – well captured !

  • Many thanks Roy.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 1 year ago

    Absolutely marvellous 3D shot, Colin! The train seems to be coming out of my large screen and I can hear the hiss of steam!

  • Thank you very much Bette.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 1 year ago


  • Cheers mate, appreciated.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Antoinette B
    Antoinette Babout 1 year ago

    A very impressive image Colin !

  • Thanks a lot Antoinette.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 1 year ago

    Great shot, Colin

  • Many many thanks Shulie.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • leonie7
    leonie7about 1 year ago

    Just love to see Steam Trains what a fabulous capture Colin well done lee

  • Thanks a lot Lee, pleased you like it.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 1 year ago

    What a cool and wonderful image, Colin!!!! :)))

  • Thanks a lot Laurie.

    – Colin Metcalf

  • ldredge
    ldredgeabout 1 year ago

    Love the old steam engines! Great shot!

  • Thank you very much Lorraine, appreciated.

    – Colin Metcalf

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