Barrow Hill completes purchase of Midland ‘Half Cab’ No. 41708

FORMER Midland Railway ‘1F’ 0-6-0T No. 41708 will be returned to full working order for the first time since 2003 following its acquisition by the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society (BHESS).

The purchase of the 1880-built ‘Half Cab’ for an undisclosed sum from the 1708 Locomotive Preservation Trust officially reunites the loco with the shed it called home from 1947 to 1965. 

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LMS ‘1F’ No. 41708 in action at Barrow Hill on July 18, 1998. ROBIN STEWART-SMITH

It also opens the door for an overhaul, with the BHESS planning to have No. 41708 assessed at the earliest opportunity to see what is required to return the loco to steam.

“We have been trying to bring this Johnson engine into the charity for several years, as it forms an important chapter of the Roundhouse story,” said BHESS chairman Professor Mark Robinson. 

Read more in the August 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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