Fowler

  • ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 moves to new Derbyshire home

    ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 moves to new Derbyshire home

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    NEW-BUILD LMS ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior arrived at the Midland Railway-Butterley’s Swanwick Junction on the evening of August 12, beginning the final chapter in the construction of the new Fowler 4-6-0. The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust has been awarded the contract to complete the assembly of No. 5551 (RM August), which is…

  • Main line Travelling Post Office run to mark 85th anniversary of Night Mail?

    Main line Travelling Post Office run to mark 85th anniversary of Night Mail?

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    “THIS is the Night Mail crossing the border, Bringing the cheque and the postal order…” W H Auden’s opening lines to 1936’s evocative GPO documentary film Night Mail about the work of the Travelling Post Office (TPO) are known by thousands, and to many conjure images of Fowler 4-6-0s on the West Coast Mail Line,…

  • ‘Shredded Wheat’ Fowler moves to the ‘Middy’

    ‘Shredded Wheat’ Fowler moves to the ‘Middy’

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    FOWLER 20337 of 1934, a 40hp-type 0-4-0DM, was delivered to the Mid Suffolk Light Railway (the ‘Middy’) in June following restoration, where it will be a resident.  The loco was delivered new to the Shredded Wheat Company 85 years ago and was recently rescued in a very dilapidated state by current owner Tony Goff.  Read…

  • Last Fowler diesel loco in UK industry still operational

    Last Fowler diesel loco in UK industry still operational

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    PLASMOR Ltd continues to use a smart and well-maintained Fowler Class 422 0-4-0DH (4220038 of 1966) at its Heck Works, Great Heck, North Yorkshire. This is believed to be the last remaining Fowler-built diesel loco in industrial service in the UK. Fowlers were once very numerous in industry, right across the UK, and could be…

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