The last in a long line of large tank locomotives to have been built at Brighton Works, the Standard 4 tanks were closely associated with the last years of the Bluebell Line under British Railways. 80064 was allocated new to Watford shed (1C) from 9 June 1953 before being transferred to Dover (73H) on 31 December 1959. Further transfers occurred to Ashford (73F) on 9th February 1960 and Tonbridge (73J) on 26 May 1961. Following the final part of the Kent Coast Electrification, it was shedded at Exmouth Junction (72A) from 2 July 1962. After regional boundary changes, 72A shed and its locomotives later came under Western Region control. On 13 June 1965, 80064 was transferred to Bristol Barrow Road (82E) and was subsequently withdrawn for scrapping from there in August 1965.
It was one of over 200 other locos sent to Barry scrapyard that were subsequently rescued for preservation, in this case by a group based on the Dart Valley Railway where it was restored to working order in 1981. In 1984 its owners decided to transfer it to the Bluebell, and it worked out the remainder of its boiler certificate in fine style in Sussex. Since then it has been back to Devon and subsequently returned again to the Bluebell in 1997.
Jon Horrocks' photos above show the locomotive in service on the Bluebell, at Horsted Keynes, during the 1980s, and on display in the loco shed at Sheffield Park in 2010. More of Jon's photos of 80064 are here.
The photo on the right, supplied to the Bluebell Archive by Jim Lofts, an ex-Fireman from Stratford shed in London in the 1950s, shows the engine being transported to the Bluebell on a Wynns low loader in 1984.
Built: 1953 at Brighton Works
Class: Standard Class 4MT Tank
Class Introduced: 1951
Designer: R.A. Riddles
Purpose: Mixed traffic
Total number built: 155
Withdrawn from BR service: 1965
Arrived on Bluebell Railway: 1984 and 28 May 1997
Owner: 80064 Locomotive Fund
Current status: Static display, awaiting overhaul.
Length: 44ft 10in overall
Weight: 86 tons 13 cwt
Water capacity: 2,000 gallons
Coal capacity: 3.5 tons
Boiler pressure: 225 lb/sq.in.
Driving wheels: 5ft 8in diameter
Pony & trailing wheels: 3ft diameter
Cylinders: (2, outside) 18" x 28"
Tractive effort: 25,100 lbs
BR power classification: 4MT
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