The Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust operates and maintains ex-LNER class B1 4-6-0 no. 61264.
Following her rescue from the scrapyard in 1976, the B1 returned to steam in 1997 after a 20-year restoration.
Over the next decade she clocked up many thousands of miles in revenue-earning service, operating on both heritage railways and the UK main line.
Withdrawn in 2008 for a heavy general overhaul, almost £500,000 has been spent on repairing and renewing 61264’s boiler – all funded privately by generous donations and loans from supporters.
With the overhaul finally completed in December 2012, 61264 was moved to her new long-term home on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, where she is now a mainstay of the locomotive roster.
After an extensive period of crack repairs at the works of Ian Riley and Sons […]