Our model of the week is BR standard 4MT class locomotive 75069. As usual, we shall be looking at the history of the prototype, illustrated by pictures of Bachmann’s model (click here for the model review).75069 is one of many British Railway built steam locomotives that had an incredibly short working life. The BR Standard class 4MT were designed in Brighton (although Derby, Doncaster and Swindon all had an input). The design was heavily based on the BR Standard class 4MT 2-6-4T tank. The lightweight design was effective and they proved to be useful locomotives despite their short careers, and eighty examples were built from 1951 onwards.
75069 was one of the last 4MT 4-6-0’s built and was completed in 1955 at Swindon works, as a single chimney version of the class. It was one of the class to gain a double chimney (fitted in 1957). To many this is not considered an attractive feature and was unique to some of the Southern region allocated machines. One feature that all 14 Southern examples did share was the larger BR1b 4,725 gallon tender, needed due to a lack of water-troughs in the south. Note that this model is based on an incorrect livery – 75069 would have worn BR lined Black – BR brunswick green was only used on Western region 4MT’s. 75069’s short career with British Railways ended at Eastleigh in 1966 when it was withdrawn from service.
75069 was one of a number of locomotives that were lucky enough to be sent to Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry. Woodham’s were more interested in scrapping wagons and as a result most locomotives that ended up there were saved eventually. 75069 was acquired and moved to the Severn Valley Railway in 1973. After three years, work began on restoring 75069 into working order, with it eventually emerging from Bridgnorth loco works in 1985. Although a Southern machine, 75069 was painted in Brunswick green to coincide with celebrations of 150 years of the Great Western Railway.
During it’s career on the Severn Valley Railway, 75069 has been used on numerous occasions on the mainline, including a (then) rare foray onto third-rail metals during Ashford’s open day in 1992. 75069 is currently undergoing overhaul at Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this locomotive. To read more about the Locoyard Model Fleet, go to the fleet web page by clicking here. Thanks for reading folks 🙂