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S160 number 5197 t Orton Mere on the 2nd June 2007
S160 number 5197 was from The Churnet Valley Railway at Orton Mere on the 2nd June 2007
This S160 no. 5197 was stored at The Churnet Valley Railway in 2012 awaiting a full overhaul. 5197 was built by the Lima Locomotive Company in Ohio in the USA in June 1945. Weighing 135 tons in full working order, the locomotive was exported to China in January 1946. After 50 years hauling coal in China it was saved and bought back to the UK. Hope fully a full overhaul will start in the late 2012 and  then by about 2014 we may even see it back at the NVR again
S160 number 5197 was from The Churnet Valley Railway at Orton Mere on the 2nd June 2007
S160 number 5197 at Orton Mere on the 2nd June 2007
United States Army Transportation Corps class S160 2-8-0s
Over 2000 of these United States Army Transportation Corps class S160 2-8-0s were designed for use in Europe during the 2nd World War, and across the world.
In 1942 and 1943 about 800 of these were shipped to South Wales ready for the run up to D Day. The GWR having 174 and the LNER 168 with 50 going to the LMS and 6 to the Southern. About 400 were used on what these railways called "running in" . But they were in fact used every day to help move the vast amount of the military pre-invasion equipment and troops trains needed in the run up to D Day landings.
400 other S160's went into store at the GWR loco depot at Ebbw Junction.  Then after the D-Day landings the S160's that had run in the UK were sent to be refurbished at Ebbw Vale, and all were then shipped out to Europe, to replace the many locomotives lost as the Germans retreated.
Like the  WD Austerity 2-10-0s and 2-8-0s  these  S160's were designed for quick and efficient building, not for long term operations.
The Chunet  Valley Railway also has a second S160 locomotive No. 6046  built as works no.70280 by the Baldwin Locomotive Company in Philadelphia in Pennsylvania in the USA. This locomotive was exported straight to France in 1945. No.6046 which was is about to be bought back into steam in 2012 at the The Chunet Valley Railway
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Nene Valley in June 2007


S160 number 5197 at Orton Mere this page


B1 1306 Mayflower + Class 5 73050 City of Peterborough +breakdown train +GWR 0-6-0T 6412

This part has two pages taken on the Nene Valleys in June 2007
The Nene Valley Railway now (2014) runs from Peterborough to Wansford railway station and then on to Yarwell junction. Wansford Station is on part of the old A1 at Stibbingson and is about 2 miles from the village of Wansford itself. The line is about 7 1/2 miles long. It now has the Fletton Branch which is about another mile and a bit.
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