18 314, Halle, 18th September 1971
This magnificent beast was rebuilt from a Baden Railways IV h Class 4 cylinder compound Pacific No. 18 314 in 1960 and was renumbered 02 314-1 during the computerisation scheme. It was based at VES-M Halle depot, where it is seen on the turntable. This depot was akin to the Derby Technical Centre and this engine was used for high speed braking tests (it was passed for 100mph running) among other activities. With its 2100mm (6'10½") driving wheels and semi-streamlined casing it was quite a beauty, especially as it carried dark green livery with white stripes. The engine is now in the museum at Sinsheim, near Stuttgart. One of its shedmates was 18 201 another rebuild in 1961 with 2300mm driving wheels. 18 201 is still operational and still passed for 100mph running! Saturday 18th September 1971. Slide No. 7935.