43106, Kidderminster, 3rd August 2018
LMS Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 (aka "Flying Pig" or "Doodlebug") No. 43106 has come off shed at Kidderminster and is about to crossover to Platform 2 to take out the 10:15 train from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. 09:52½, Friday 3rd August 2018. The engine is carrying a 31D shedcode (South Lynn), where it was allocated from new in April 1951 after its construction at Darlington Works. It remained an M&GNJR engine until July 1956 when it was transferred to Woodford Halse. Its last shed was Lostock Hall (10D) from where it was withdrawn on 22nd June 1968, by then the last survivor of its class. Fortunately it was saved for preservation and a return to steam. The engine arrived on the railway directly from Lostock Hall on 2nd August 1968, just fifty years and one day earlier! Digital Image No. IGMP39067.