Britannia Saved

| January/February 1970

  • Britannia
    Courtesy of Stanley R. White, 57, Stanley St., Rothwell, Kettering, Northamptonshire, England My photograph shows ''Britannia'' after being taken out of service by British Rail, stripped of her Number Plate and Nameplate and in a dirty state. She will loo
    Stanley R. White

  • Britannia

57 Stanley Street Rothwell, Kettering Northemptonshire, England

All steam enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that The East Anglian Locomotive Preservation Society of England has now placed a 10 percent deposit on the Britannia Pacific Locomotive No. 70000 'Britannia'. This locomotive was the first of the 999 standard engines made to the order of British Railways in 1951, and built at the Crewe locomotive works. In 1958 she worked the first Essex Coast Express from Clacton to Liverpool Street Station in London.

It is intended that when the engine is restored she will operate on the ex-Great Central Line between Ruddington (Near Nottingham) and Leicester (pronounced LESTER). It is proposed to preserve this stretch of main line of about 20 miles, through the efforts of The Main Line Preservation Group.

All efforts are now being concentrated on raising the balance of 3,5001 (about 10,500 Dollars) by December 31st, and it is interesting to note that nearly 100 has been raised from sales at Traction Engine Rallies, and placed in the Britannia fund.

The address for the above group is: C.J. Richell. Vice-Chairman, The East Anglian Locomotive Preservation Society, 96, Grenoble Gardens, Palmers Green, London, N. 13, England.

British Rail ran their very last Steam service in August of 1968, all steam stock apart from a few held back for preservation by British Rail, has now been sold for scrap, with a few being purchased privately for preservation by various groups and individuals. The most famous preserved steamer is of course, L.N.E.R. 4472, Gresley A. 3 Pacific, 'Flying Scotsman', which is allowed by contract to use British Rail lines for Special runs until 1971. It is doubtful whether British Rail will renew this contract, which is why the aims of the Main Line Preservation Group, mentioned above, are so important in saving a stretch of main line which they hope to purchase from British Rail at a cost of many many thousands of Pounds, so that the preserved Steam Locomotives can have a worthwhile stretch of main line to work on.


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