Stanier Class 8F

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The Class 8F were steam locomotives with a 2-8-0 wheel arrangement, designed by Sir William Stanier of the LMS for hauling heavy freight trains.
Introduced in 1935, the design was chosen as country's standard freight design after the outbreak of World War 2, with locos built for the use by GWR and LNER, and for overseas use by the War Department. A total of 852 were constructed by 1946. In British Railways service the class lasted to the end of steam in 1968.
Class 8F 48151 - Gauge O Guild - at Fort William depot, June 1998 Photo by whistling40s

  • The Glasgow based North British Locomotive Company (NBL) built 158 locomotives for the War Department, and 50 for the LMS, between 1940 and 1942.

  • Several Class 8F locomotives have been preserved, and three (48151, 48305 and 48773) were restored to mainline running.
  • 48151 was used on the Fort William - Mallaig Jacobite service in 1995, 1998, 1999 & 2006.

  • For the 1995 Jacobite season, 48151 was nameless and had a '55D' shed plate on the smoke box door.

  • On 6th May 2008, an 11-coach steam hauled train was chartered by Stagecoach to run from Crianlarich to Fort William and return. (Timings)
  • The Empty coaching stock 5Z81 ran overnight from Carnforth hauled by 8F 48151 'Gauge O Guild', with K4 61994 'The Great Marquess' added to the front at Mossend.
  • The northbound train with the K4 leading the 8F, started several fires on Rannoch Moor in the dry conditions.
  • The south bound train had the 8F leading the K4, and diesel 33025 was coupled to the rear.

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