History of 76084

76084 was outshopped from Horwich Works on 28 March 1957. These locomotives were to be the last new-build steam that Horwich would produce finishing them in November 1957.

Records show that 76084 initially went to Lower Darwen (24D) along with sisters 76080/1/2 and 3.

The table below shows how 76084 became something of a guinea pig for two other north west sheds to try out the class eventually returning to Lower Darwen.

All 5 locomotives were transferred to Sutton Oak, St.Helens, before Lower Darwen closed with 76084 leaving Lower Darwen on 5 March 1965 (see Sightings page). All but one, 76082 which was scrapped in 1966, were subsequently transferred to Springs Branch, Wigan on the closure of Sutton Oak in June 1967.

76084 was the last BR Mogul to be withdrawn from capital stock in Dec 1967.

See 76084 sightings in br service

76084 BR Shed Allocations

Shed Code Date Arrived
Lower Darwen 24D 28 Mar 1957
Lancaster Green Ayre 24J 4 Oct 1958
Skipton 24G 26 Oct 1958
Lancaster Green Ayre 24J 21 Feb 1959
Lower Darwen 24D 28 Mar 1959
Later 10H 01 Sept 1963
Swindon Works Maintained 1 Dec 1963
Sutton Oak 8G 13 Mar 1965
Springs Branch 8F 24 Jun 1967
Withdrawn Week ending 2 Dec 1967

View 76084 BR Record Card

Containing some interesting information and showing that after 1961 nobody really cared about keeping records up to date. This is the official 76084 Record Card made out in 1957 in pen and ink. You have to see it to believe it!

76084 arrived at Barry in a convoy with 76077, 76079 and 76080. An image dating from April 1974 shows that the E.L.R (presumably East Lancashire Railway) had reserved her.

Lady in Pink

In mid October 1974 5 members of the Hallamshire Railway Preservation Society from Sheffield spent a working weekend at Barry with a view to purchase and to prevent further decay painted her with red lead primer.

76084 was seen soon afterwards standing proud alone on an empty siding. Perhaps she was moved to this position to allow the restoration work to proceed. For whatever reason this was to be an abortive preservation attempt but made 76084 stand out from the crowd for the remaining 8 years of her stay in the yard.

As space at the yard became scarce 76084 was pushed down her siding almost to the bufferstops.

Thanks to the power of the internet there are a goodly number of images of 76084 lanquishing in South Wales. As time past she was stripped of various parts as Woodhams became a valuable source of steam locomotive spare parts. The story of Woodhams has been the subject of numerous publications but our locomotives story takes a turn for the better in 1982.

Other Barry Std 2-6-0

Off to Nottinghamshire

It was in 1982 that Phil Rollin concluded his negotiations to buy 76084 for £7,500. And so it was in January 1983 that 76084 left Woodham's for a new life in South Leverton near Retford, Nottinghamshire. She had spent 14 years and 4 months in South Wales and was the 143rd locomotive to leave the yard.

Phil placed 76084 in his back garden and gave her a cosmetic makeover. Sadly, Phil died in the early 1990s and the future of the locomotive became a little uncertain. She was bought from Phil's daughter and moved to Morpeth.

That's when the story of 76084 Locomotive Company Limited starts. 76084 was returned to steam in May 2013 and to traffic in July 2013 after a 16 year restoration programme. The restoration was helped immensely by the assistance of the North Norfolk Railway providing up front steaming fees to finance the latter stages of the work.

Now we have completed the fitting and testing of the necessary safety technologies, brought 76084 up to main line standards mechanically and have run on the main line from Cromer to Holt. We are equipping our Support Coach with the necessary tools and equipment to run further afield on Network Rail. You can help us by adding to our KEEP Fund (Kit for Emergency Engineering Problems).

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