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In the background is a King Class locomotive in the early BR blue livery.
These could be seen on Nos 70000 to 70018 in their formative years, but were gradually modified from the early months of 1952 up to the start of 1955, with the tender hoses similarly treated..image '2' below The flexible ends to these hoses were blanked off by a secure clamping device which pulled the pipe flange down onto a stout rubber seal attached to the lower section of the stanchion pipe on the early types, but on the modified type, a stout bracket was bolted to the buffer beam and this held the hose securely onto a sealing ring, which was further protected by a securing pin attached to a short chain.In order to avoid duplication No 45700's nameplates were removed in 1951 and the engine named after HMS Amethyst, the Royal Naval vessel involved in the Yangste River incident of 1949.Built at Crewe Works in April 1936, No 45700's shed allocations included Newton Heath, Blackpool, Bank Hall, Derby and Warrington; withdrawal came in August 1964.Please note Nos 70025-70054 are featured on the next page.Born in 1946, Derek started train spotting with his brother Roger at the now-closed Monument Lane station, Birmingham, where he fondly remembers the '1 o'clock Brit' on the 9.30am Manchester-Birmingham, .As he grew older he became a regular visitor to the Western Region's Snow Hill and New Street on the London Midland Region.
Since taking early retirement as a HGV Mechanic in 2005, Derek's knowledge of all things power-driven led him to making a start on correcting the many anomalies he found in books and magazines regarding the BR Class 7MT Britannias.
I take my hat off to everyone involved, for this site would be a lot poorer without them.
In Derek's case, the task of recording the individual histories of the 'Britannia' class locomotives has been a mammoth undertaking, and there have been times when the pair of us - just two bungling old geezers with a mutual love for trains and railways - were on our arthritic knees by the sheer size of it all.
Derek Dean's resolve in the compilation of this page with no prospect of financial gain, just the satisfaction of being involved, tells you a great deal about the man.
The same can be said for every single contributor to this site, of couse....
Designed at Derby and built at Crewe, with sections designed at Brighton, Doncaster and Swindon, the basic ethos was simplicity in construction, lower coal consumption, and longer mileage between classified repairs.