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LMS Route: Birmingham West Suburban Railway

Bournville Shed: mrb13

Midland Railway 3F 0-6-0 No 3531 photographed at Bournville on Sunday 31st August 1919

Midland 0-6-0 No 3531 is seen on a siding at Bournville on Sunday 31st August 1919. The well cleaned appearance of what was only a freight engine is a credit to the shed. It would have been painted black. Originally No 2345, it was built by Neilson & Company of Glasgow in 1897. The Midland assigned it power class 2 in 1905, renumbered it No 3531 in 1907, then rebuilt it with a larger 'H' boiler to make it power class 3 in 1908. Bournville was probably its home depot in 1919 and was definitely so in 1920. The LMS were responsible for rebuilding it with a 'G7' Belpaire boiler in 1923 and classified it 3F in 1928. BR renumbered it No 43531 in October 1948. Saltley was its home depot in years 1948-52. Transferred to Wellingborough in 1952, then on to Bedford in 1955, it was finally withdrawn in October 1959.

Links to other photos taken on 31st August 1919 are 'mrb8', 'mrb11', 'mrb484', 'mrb1552'.

John Dews