Tuesday, 11 January 2022

43924 Midland Railway 4F Finishes Active Service on KWVR

After a 6 month extension of the boiler certificate 43924 ended a long period of service, hauling trains on the KWV Railway. The boiler certificate finally expired on New Years Eve 2021. 

Photos above and below by Will Smith

The loco went out on a high note with a week of hauling 6 coaches on the Mince Pie Specials, even with two super heaters blocked off. 
A film star in the making, the loco will also feature in the Railway Children Return, filmed in the summer of 2021 and set for release in summer 2022.

The loco originally entered service in 1920 as No. 3924, when British Railways was formed it became 43924.

It was one of the first engines to be rescued from from Woodham’s scrapyard and arrived at Haworth on the KWVR in the summer of 1970 where it was restored and has remained as one of the stalwarts of the Yorkshire railway, hauling trains for many years.

An extensive overhaul took place after during its preserved life at the KWVR and in July 2011 it re-entered service in BR livery which it has kept since then.

It is planned that the loco will be put on display at Oxenhope Exhibition Shed.