So my hearty congratulations to him in completing the full histories of the following locomotives on this page...70000 BRITANNIA - 70001 LORD HURCOMB - 70002 GEOFFREY CHAUCER - 70003 JOHN BUNYAN - 70004 WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE - 70005 JOHN MILTON - 70006 ROBERT BURNS - 70007 COEUR-DE-LION - 70008 BLACK PRINCE - 70009 ALFRED THE GREAT - 70010 OWEN GLENDOWER - 70011 HOTSPUR - 70012 JOHN OF GAUNT - 70013 OLIVER CROMWELL - 70014 IRON DUKE- 70015 APOLLO - 70016 ARIEL - 70017 ARROW - 70018 FLYING DUTCHMAN - 70019 LIGHTNING - 70020 MERCURY - 70021 MORNING STAR - 70022 TORNADO - 70023 VENUS and 70024 VULCAN.This led to the Locomotive Interchange Trials of 1948, supervised by RA Riddles, then member of the BTC's Railway Executive, who, along with ES Cox was responsible for the design and construction of twelve new classes to be numbered in the 70-80,000s and 92,000s in the fleet.In 1951, the 'Britannia' Class 7MT Pacific became the first of twelve new British Railways Standard types to appear.In the background is a King Class locomotive in the early BR blue livery.
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In order to avoid duplication No 45700's nameplates were removed in 1951 and the engine named after HMS Amethyst, the Royal Naval vessel involved in the Yangste River incident of 1949.
Built at Crewe Works in April 1936, No 45700's shed allocations included Newton Heath, Blackpool, Bank Hall, Derby and Warrington; withdrawal came in August 1964.
Nevertheless there are many more photos of these later builds, primarily because enthusiasts began to realise that extinction was on the horizon, so perhaps the additional photos will remedy the imbalance.
Upon nationalisation of the 'Big Four' railway companies in 1948, the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission (BTC) announced its preference for developing future steam motive power rather than dabbling with unproven diesel traction.
Also the flexible hoses were formed of nylon-reinforced rubber section protected by coiled wire.