Completed in 1956, 75078 is one of a class of 80 engines built to a standard British Railways design and is from a batch supplied to the Southern Region. As this region did not have any water troughs it is attached to a tender with larger capacity for water and coal, than others of its class. In addition it is fitted with a double blast pipe and chimney for better power outputs with more economic returns in coal and water consumption.
The loco went new to Exmouth Junction early in 1956 before being transferred to Basingstoke in May of the same year, eventually being withdrawn from Eastleigh shed in July 1966 and sold for scrap to Woodham Bros. of South Wales.
The Standard Four Locomotive Society was formed initially to purchase a member of the Standard Class 4, 2-6-0, no. 76077. However this locomotive proved to be in an unsuitable condition so attention was moved to the Standard Class 4 4-6-0 variant and in 1972, purchase of 75078 was concluded and it was moved to the KWVR in June of that year. Restoration to running order took 5 years and in 1977 the engine entered service on the KWVR and proved popular with locomotive crews. It is the ideal size engine for our Railway, being suited to hauling our six coach summer services with ease.
Also the engine found fame in 1978 when it appeared, along with 5820, in the feature film Yanks which starred a young Richard Gere.
The locomotive had a further overhaul but was withdrawn from traffic in the late ’90s and a long term overhaul commenced. 75078 returned to traffic in February 2015 and is once again in action along the Worth Valley branch.
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