BR Standard 7MT class 70013 Oliver Cromwell is a very popular locomotive in operation on the mainline, so much so that it has managed to find it’s way onto the poll to find the most famous steam locomotive of all time (voting is now closed). Unfortunately I have yet to see this locomotive myself, so special thanks go to Rowan Jackson (above) and Christopher Sutcliffe (below) for supplying photographs.
70013 Oliver Cromwell is a member of the National Collection and is one of two survivors of it’s class. Built in 1951; 70013 rose to fame as a result of being the last steam locomotive to be given a heavy overhaul by British Railways in 1967. A short ceremony was held for the occasion. 70013 became even more popular as a result of running a series of special services in 1968, ending with the famous Fifteen Guinea Special.