Steam Locomotive 76079
Fabulous steam locomotive on the Cambrian Coast Express waiting at Machynlleth station in 2007. 76079 is a relatively modern locomotive (built in 1957) and one of the last steam locomotives built in Britain. 76079 is a class 4, 2-6-0, one of the smaller classes designed by Robert Riddles that were intended primarily to haul freight in the final decade of British Railways steam. It spent the last few years of BR service on a variety of light freight work in the Liverpool, Chester and Stockport areas and in the 1960s I may even have seen it passing my grandparents house in Cheadle on route to Heaton Mersey and beyond.
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