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LMS Route: Birmingham West Suburban Railway

Bournville Shed: mrb483

LMSR outside framed veteran No 22630 is 66 years older than No 2556, stabled nearby in the roundhouse at Bournville, in August 1936

An ex-MR outside framed 0-6-0, LMS No 22630, is seen near LMS 2-6-4T No 2556 in the roundhouse at Bournville in August 1936. In the second volume of their book on LMS engine sheds, Hawkins & Reeves used this photograph to illustrate the section on Bournville shed and captioned it, rather appropriately, 'Ancient and Modern'. See image 'mrb1549' for another photo & more detail about the veteran 0-6-0. The tank engine was brand new, built by the North British Locomotive Company of Glasgow in July 1936. Designed by William Stanier as a two cylinder version of his original three cylinder design, 206 of this type were built in the years 1935-43, taking numbers previously allotted to ex-MR double framed 0-6-0s. Any of the latter still in service were renumbered by adding 20,000 to their existing numbers. No 22630 (formerly No 2630) was one of these. The 2-6-4T, No 2556, was at Kentish Town in 1945, Lostock Hall in 1948-58, Neasden in 1958-60 and Leicester Central in 1960-3. It was withdrawn from service in July 1963.

John Dews