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LMS Route: Birmingham West Suburban Railway

Bournville Shed: mrb1567

Ex-MR 1F 0-6-0 No 2630, another Kirtley veteran, is seen shunting loco coal for Bournville shed on 2nd March 1935

An ex-MR double framed 0-6-0, LMS No 2630, is seen shunting locomotive coal on a siding at Bournville on Saturday 2nd March 1935. Most of the wagons are LMS owned, but the one marked NE belonged to the LNER. The old locomotive had been one of the former Midland Railway's once hundreds-strong fleet of double framed 0-6-0s, designed by their first locomotive superintendent, Matthew Kirtley, and built in the years 1850-1874. This one was built by Dubs & Company of Glasgow and entered service as '700' class No 778 in 1870. The Midland rebuilt it with Johnson boiler & cab in 1884, rebuilt it again with higher pressure boiler in February 1903, assigned it to power class 2 in 1905, then renumbered it No 2630 in 1907. After the grouping, the LMS rebuilt it with 18" cylinders in 1924, then reclassified it as 2F in 1928. Bournville was probably its home shed in March 1935 when the photo was taken. The LMS renumbered it No 22630 on their duplicate list in January 1936. Bournville was its home depot in 1945-8. British Railways allotted it No 58110 in March 1948, transferred it to Derby in April 1948, then renumbered it in December 1948. Derby was its last home depot. The last double framed engine in service, it was withdrawn in December 1951. Although it was not preserved, an ex-MR 2-4-0 of similar vintage has been - see image 'mrb17'.

John Dews