Section 7B - HE No.686 of 1898



In 1969 it was discovered that a veteren Hunslet steam locomotive was about to be disposed of by I.C.I. Dyestuffs Division from their Works at Blackley (Manchester). This was HE686/1898 which had originally worked on the Manchester Ship Canal Railway until 1963 when steam traction was replaced by diesel. A successful bid (of £250) was made by the Warwickshire Industrial Locomotive Preservation Group to secure the locomotive for preservation and following a hectic dash down the M6 Motorway it arrived at Bridgnorth (Severn Valley Railway) in July 1969. Following a quick repaint and a few minor repairs the locomotive was steamed in August 1969 to act as Station Pilot and to give footplate rides at Bridgnorth. It was also used on works trains and became a favourit with many Film & TV crews, appearing in a number of Films and Adverts. In 1972 it was withdrawn from traffic for a lengthy overhaul and finally returned to use in late 1981 complete with vacuum brake controls, new shape cab windows (round) and a sliding cab roof ventilator (as well as an improved livery). Initially moved to Bewdley to act as Station Pilot, it also went on loan to the Birmingham Railway Museum at Tyseley (1983 & 1986) and to the Crewe Heritage Centre (1988) but at the beginning of 1989 was again withdrawn with wasted smoke tubes.

In 1992 the S.V.R. decided to start holding 'Thomas the Tank Engine' Events and thus in 1993 HE686 was given a complete overhaul, painted bright blue and started a new life as 'Thomas' in 1994. The locomotive was registeredas an official 'Thomas' with the License Holders and hired out to many Preserved Railways each year as well as appearing twice a year on the S.V.R. In October 1998 the locomotive was temporarily repainted into Black M.S.C. Rly. Livery appearing at Bury (E.L.R.), Leeds (M.R.T.) and finally Kidderminster (S.V.R.) where it worked a passenger shuttle service to Bewdley before reverting back to blue 'Thomas' livery in December. HE686 continued in its role as 'Thomas' until the end of 1999 when it was taken out of service for major boiler repairs (including fitting a new inner firebox), which were carried by Roger Pridham in Devon. Unfortunately these repairs were not completed until 2001, and although the locomotive was rapidly re-assembled and successfully steam tested in November, it did not resume its 'Thomas' duties until early 2002. Since then the locomotive has performed well and has become even more well travelled with visits across the channel to Holland (Z.L.S.M.) in 2002-6 and to Germany (Krefeld) in 2005. However, in mid 2009 the locomotive was again taken out of use with more boiler problems and other defects. Due to a downturn in 'Thomas' bookings the S.V.R. decided to delay any repairs, so at our request the locomotive was cosmetically restored in red livery as 'The Lady Armaghdale' and placed on static display in the Engine House Museum at Highley in October 2010. In March 2013 HE686 was moved out of the Museum for a few days to take pride of place on the Visit Shropshire Stand at the 'Best of Britain' Exhibition held at the N.E.C. in Birmingham. The S.V.R. Engineering Department have recently inspected the locomotive and a report has been issued on what work is required to put it back in traffic and how much this will cost. However, it is not expected to overhauled until sometime in the mid 2020's.

HE686 as 'St. John' (No.14) at Manchester Ship Canal Railway

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 Advert for Hunslet Engine Co. showing 'Jazzer' Class of locomotives as supplied to Manchester Ship Canal Railway.        (photo:   Courtesy

Greater Manchester County Record Office)

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'St. John' crossing the

Railway Swing Bridge No.1 at Trafford Park with Manchester Docks in the backgound circa 1910.

Three other 'Jazzers' are visible in the photo

believed to be (left to right) 'New York', unidentified and 'New Orleans'. A Peckett saddle tank 'Jaffa' and a Hudswell Clarke side tank 'Sydney' also feature.   (photo:   Courtesy Greater Manchester Record Office)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'St. John' now carrying No.14 plates at Mode Wheel Depot of the Manchester Ship Canal Railway circa 1920.   

(photo: WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 No.14 'St. John'

at work on the Manchester Ship Canal

Railway passing 'No.1 Grid' Salford with

a train from Trafford Park circa 1930.

(Photo:   Collection D. Thorpe)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 No.14

'St. John' at Partington on the

Manchester Ship Canal Railway

in mid 1950's.

(photo:   Collection of D. Thorpe)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 No.14 'St. John'

at Partington on the Manchester Ship

Canal Railway in 1954.   (photo:   J.Peden)

HE686 as 'The Lady Armaghdale' at ICI Blackley  1963 to 1969

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale'

shunting coal wagons at ICI Blackley in July 1963.

The locomotive still had its original round cab

windows at this time.      (photo:   courtesy J. Peden)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' in steam at Blackley Works,

I.C.I. Ltd., Dyestuffs Division circa 1966.  (photo:   I.C.I. Ltd.)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' First view of locomotive at

I.C.I. Blackley in June 1969 during the inspection prior to purchase by W.I.L.P.G.

(photo:   David Cooke )

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' viewed from inside the

locomotive shed at ICI Blackley in

June 1969 during the inspection

prior to purchase by W.I.L.P.G.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' at ICI Blackley in July

1969 following purchase by W.I.L.P.G.

It had been cleaned up ready to depart

by road to SVR Bridgnorth. Works Plates

and Nameplates had been attached.             (photo:   David Cooke)

HE686 'The Lady Armaghdale' at S.V.R.  1969 - 1972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' shortly after arrival

at SVR Bridgnorth in July  1969.

                                                     (photo:   David Cooke)                       

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' giving footplate rides up the

headshunt at SVR Bridgnorth in August

1969. Note bufferbeam now painted red.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' giving footplate rides at

SVR Bridgnorth in August 1969.  Note

original cab ventilator open.

  (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in use on a works train

near SVR Oldbury Viaduct in April 1970.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' on works train duty at

SVR  Hampton Loade in April 1970. 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' takes water at SVR

Eardinghton in April 1971.

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale 'enters SVR Hampton

Loade Station with a WILPG Members

Special Train on 3rd April 1971.

(photo:   Michael Shaw)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale'  heads a three coach

train down SVR Eardington Bank

whilst filming an advert for TV in

July 1971.      (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' heads a three coach

train down SVR Eardington Bank

whilst filming an advert for TV in

July 1971.(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' heads a three coach

train down SVR Eardington Bank whilst filming an advert for TV in

July 1971.   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' shunting GWR coaches

as Station Pilot at SVR Bridgnorth

in September 1971.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' shunting GWR coaches

as Station Pilot at SVR

Bridgnorth in September 1971.

(photo:   David Williams)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' trundles down SVR

Eardington Bank with an ash

wagon train in November 1971.

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' on filming duty for the

BBC at SVR Bewdley in March 1972.         (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' on filming duty for the

BBC at SVR Bewdley in March 1972.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898

'The Lady Armaghdale' on

filming duty for the BBC

at SVR Bewdley in 1972.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale'on filming duty for the

BBC at SVR Bewdley South in March

1972.              (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' on filming duty for the

BBC at SVR Bewdley South in March

1972.               (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the BBC's

Production of 'The Incredible Robert

Baldick' on location at SVR Hampton

Loade in June 1972.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the BBC's

Production of 'The Incredible Robert

Baldick' on location at SVR Hampton

Loade in June 1972.      

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the the

BBC's Production of 'The Incredible

Robert Baldick' on location at SVR

Hampton Loade in June 1972.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the

BBC's Production of 'The Incredible

Robert Baldick' on location at SVR

Highley in June 1972.

(photo:   David Cooke)  

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the

BBC's Production of 'The Incredible

Robert Baldick' on location at SVR

Highley in June 1972.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the BBC's

Production of 'The Incredible Robert

Baldick' on location at SVR Highley

in June 1972.     (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the BBC's

Production of 'The Incredible Robert

Baldick' on location at SVR Arley in

June 1972.      (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the BBC's

Production of 'The Incredible Robert

Baldick' on location at SVR Arley in

June 1972.     (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in disguise for the BBC's

Production of 'The Incredible Robert

Baldick' on location at SVR Arley in

June 1972.     (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Bridgnorth in

November 1972.  

(photo:   WILT Archive)

HE686 Under Overhaul at S.V.R.  1973 - 1980

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' partly dismantled

during overhaul at SVR Bridgnorth

in May 1973.  (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' partly dismantled during

overhaul at SVR Bridgnorth in June 1973.                  (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' partly dismantled during

overhaul at SVR Bridgnorth in June 1973. 

          (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' partly dismantled while

under overhaul at SVR Bridgnorth in

July 1974.        (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898

'The Lady Armaghgdale'

partly dismantled while

under overhaul at SVR

Bridgnorth in August 1974.

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' undergoing overhaul

at SVR Bridgnorth in August 1979.                      (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' at SVR Bridgnoth whilst undergoing a hydraulic boiler test

during it's overhaul in December

1979.         (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in the process of being

rebuilt inside the Goods Shed at SVR

Bridgnorth in August 1980.

(photo:   David Cooke)

HE686 at S.V.R. in Modified Form and New Livery  1981 - 1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' back in one piece

and in red undercoat at SVR

Bridgnorth in August 1981.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale'

back in one piece and painted in red undercoat

at SVR Bridgnorth in August 1981.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' undergoes a steam

test at SVR Bridgnorth

in August 1981.

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' in the shed yard at

SVR Bridgnorth during a Gala

Weekend in October 1981.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' painted in red topcoat

but still unlined at SVR Bridgnorth in

October 1981. (Photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in fully restored

condition taking water at SVR

Bridgnorth in April 1982.

(photo:   WILT Archive)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in Ex-works condition at

SVR Bridgnorth in April 1982. Note the

improved lining compared to earlier

style.              (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in the shed yard at

SVR Bridgnorth in April 1982.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' fresh from overhaul with

round cab windows, vacuum brake

controls and improved red livery at

Bridgnorth, Severn Valley Railway in

April 1982.      (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale in use as Station Pilot at

SVR Bridgnorth in April 1982. Note

LMR 2-10-0 No.600 'Gordon' in the background.   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' on shed at SVR

Bewdley being prepared for duty

as Station Pilot in September 1982.

(photo:   David Cooke)

                       

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' on shed at SVR Bewdley

prior to working a WILPG Members

Special Train to Highley in September

1982.                 (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale on shed at SVR Bewdley prior

to working a WILPG Members Special

Train to Highley in September 1982.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Bewdley whilst

hauling a WILPG Members Special

train to Highley in September 1982.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Arley whilst hauling

a WILPG Members Special Train from

Bewdley to Highley in September 1982.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Arley whilst hauling

a WILPG Members Special Train from

Bewdley to Highley in September 1982.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' at SVR Arley whilst hauling

a WILPG Members Special Train from

Bewdley to Highley in September 1982.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Arley whilst hauling

a WILPG Members Special Train from

Bewdley to Highley in September 1982.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in the shed yard at SVR

Bridgnorth in January 1983.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' involved in shunting

operations at SVR Highley

in September 1983.                

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' on Station Pilot duty at

SVR Highley in September 1983.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Bridgnorth in

April 1984.   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Bridgnorth in

August 1984. (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in steam at SVR Bridgnorth

in June 1985.   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898

'The Lady Armaghdale'

in the shed yard at SVR

Bridgnorth in June 1985.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' on shed at SVR Bridgnorth

alongside GWR Broad Gauge 'Iron Duke'

in June 1985.          (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' on Station Pilot Duty at

SVR Highley in September 1986.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' taking water at SVR Highley

in September 1986.   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Highley in

September 1986.  (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898

'The Lady Armaghdale'

in the loco shed at SVR

Bridgnorth in April 1987.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' on shed at SVR Bridgnorth

in April 1987.    (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' and GWR 0-6-2T

No.6619 at SVR Highley in June 1987.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' in steam at SVR Highley

in June 1987.   (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' and GWR 0-6-2T No.6619

at SVR Highley in June 1987.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at SVR Highley

in September 1987.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' giving brake van rides

in the yard at SVR Highley

in September 1987.           

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' giving brake van rides in

the yard at SVR Highley in September 1987.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale'

at SVR Highley in September 1987.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' withdrawn from service

and awaiting overhaul at SVR

Bridgnorth in September 1989.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The

Lady Armaghdale' withdrawn from

service and awaiting overhaul at SVR

Bridgnorth in September 1989.        

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898

'The Lady Armaghdale'

boiler removed from frames

and under repair in Boiler Shop

at SVR Bridgnorth in July 1993.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898

'The Lady Armaghdale'

with boiler removed from

frames at SVR Bridgnorth

in September 1993.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale'in shed yard with boiler

removed at SVR Bridgnorth

in September 1993.

(photo:   David Cooke)

HE686 as 'Thomas the Tank Engine' at S.V.R.  1993 - 1998

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in the process of

being overhauled and repainted in blue livery

to become 'Thomas the Tank Engine' at SVR

Bridgnorth in November 1993.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in the process of

being overhauled and repainted in blue livery

to become 'Thomas the Tank Engine' at SVR Bridgnorth in November 1993

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

The cab of 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in the

process of being repainted in blue livery at

SVR Bridgnorth in November 1993.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in light blue

undercoat prior to being finished

in 'Thomas the Tank Engine' livery

at SVR Bridgnorth in January 1994. 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in New Blue

Livery as 'Thomas the Tank Engine' at

SVR Kidderminster in May 1994. This was

the first 'Thomas' Event held at the SVR

with HE686 in the lead role.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas

the Tank Engine' livery at SVR Bridgnorth

in July 1995.        (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas

the Tank Engine' livery at SVR Bewdley in September 1995.    (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

as 'Thomas the Tank engine' at SVR

Kidderminster in May 1997.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery as

'Thomas the Tank Engine' at Kidderminster,

Severn Valley Railway in May 1997.

(photo:   David Cooke)

HE686 at S.V.R. as MSC No.14 'St. John' for Centenary in 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in MSC Railway Black

Livery as No.14 'St. John' at SVR Kidderminster

in November 1998 during the loco's Centenary Celebrations.                  (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in MSC Railway Black

Livery as No.14 'St. John' at SVR Bewdley in

November 1998 during the loco's Centenary Celebrations.               (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in MSC Black Livery

as No.14 'St. John' waiting to depart from

SVR Kidderminster with the shuttle

service to Bewdley in November1998. 

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in MSC Rly. black livery

as No.14 'St. John' at SVR Bewdley with shuttle

service from Kidderminster in November 1998.

(photo:   David Cooke)

HE686 back as 'Thomas' at S.V.R.  1999 - 2009

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

as 'Thomas the Tank Engine' at SVR

Kidderminster in May 1999.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue

'Thomas' livery at SVR Kidderminster

before working a WILT Members

Special Train to Highley in November

2001.           (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas

the Tank Engine' livery at SVR Kidderminster

prior to working a WILT Members Special

Train to Highley in November 2001.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas

the Tank Engine' livery prior to taking

water at SVR Highley in November 2001.   

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas the

Tank Engine' livery taking water at SVR Highley

in November 2001.          (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas the

Tank Engine' livery at SVR Kidderminster prior

to working a WILT Members Special Train to

Bridgnorth in November 2003.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas the

Tank Engine' livery at SVR Highley whilst

working a WILT Members Special Train to

Bridgnorth in November 2003.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas

the Tank Engine' livery at SVR Bridgnorth

prior to working the return leg of a WILT

Members Special Train in November 2003.     (photo:   Nigel Cripps)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

at SVR Bridgnorth whilst working a

WILT Members Special Train from

Kidderminster in November 2003.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue 'Thomas the Tank Engine' livery at SVR Bridgnorth whilst working a WILT Members Special Train from Kidderminster in November 2003.                (photo:   Nigel Cripps)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

at SVR Hampton Loade working a WILT

Members Special Train in November 2003.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

in the bay at SVR Hampton Loade in

November 2003 whilst working a WILT

Members special Train.

(photo:   Nigel Cripps)

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue

livery with WILT Members at SVR

Hampton Loade in November 2003

whilst working a Special Train from

Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.

(photo:   Nigel Cripps)

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue

livery taking water at SVR Bewdley

whilst working a WILT Members

Special Train in November 2003.

(photo:   Nigel Cripps)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

at SVR Highley taking water during a

WILT Members Day in June 2004.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery at SVR Highley engaged in a WILT Members Day giving brake van rides to visitors in June 2004.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

giving brake van rides to visitors at

SVR Highley during a WILT 

Members Day in June 2004. 

(photo:  DavidCooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

at SVR Highley during a WILT Members

Day in June 2004.     (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

in the shed yard at SVR Bridgnorth

sometime in 2005.        (photo:   SVR)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue

livery as 'Thomas the Tank Engine'

at SVR Kidderminster in May 2006.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

prior to working a WILT Members Evening

Special Train to SVR Highley in May 2006.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

at SVR Kidderminster prior to working

a WILT Members Evening Special

Train to Highley in May 2006.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

as 'Thomas the Tank Engine' at SVR

Kidderminster in August 2008.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

as 'Thomas the tank Engine' at SVR

Kidderminster in May 2009.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in Blue 'Thomas' Livery at SVR Kidderminster in May 2009.

This would be the last year of active service

for the locomotive prior to being withdrawn

due to boiler and other problems.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

as 'Thomas the Tank Engine' at SVR

Kidderminster in May 2009.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 in blue livery

as 'Thomas the Tank Engine' at SVR

Kidderminster in May 2009.

(photo:   David Cooke)

HE686 Cosmetically Restored as 'The Lady Armaghdale'  2010

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale'

 at SVR Bridgnorth in October 2010 after cosmetic restoration

and just prior to being towed downto Highley where it would

be placed in the Engine House Museum.             (photo:   SVR)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale' at SVR Hampton Loade

in October 2010. The locomotive was

in the process of being transferred

from Bridgnorth to Highley following

cosmetic restoration prior to being

placed in The Engine House.

(photo:   SVR)

 

 

 

 

 

 0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' cosmetically restored in

red livery prior to being moved into

the Engine House Museum at Highley

on the Severn Valley Railway in October

2010.                (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale'on static display inside

the Engine House Museum at

Highley on the Severn Valley Railway

in October 2010. (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady Armaghdale'

on static display inside the Engine House Museum

at SVR Highley in February 2014.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' on static display

insidethe Engine House Museum

at SVR Highley in February 2014.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898

'The Lady Armaghdale'at

the Engine House at SVR

Highley in February 2014.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' New Descriptive Panel

next to the locomotive inside the Engine

House at SVR Highley in October 2014.

(photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' inside the Engine House

Museum at SVR Highley in October 2014.               (photo:   David Cooke)

 

 

 

 

 

0-6-0T HE No.686 of 1898 'The Lady

Armaghdale' at the Engine House

Museum at SVR Highley worksplate

closeup view in February 2014.

(photo:   David Cooke)