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The Pocket Rocket


76079, nicknamed the Pocket Rocket, is one of British Rails standard 2-6-0 locomotives. Built in 1957 at Horwich in lnacashire it spent much of it's time in the Liverpool area before being withdrawn in 1967, just ten years of service, no time at all really a casualty of hte mass destruction of steam power in the 1960s.

In 1974 it was rescued from the scrap lines and moved to Southport Steamport and then onto Liverpool for rebuilding. It is now owned by Ian Riley and based on the East Lancashire Railway but spends a fair amount of time on the mainline heading up steam specials. It has spent many more years in the precservation movement than it ever did under BR ownership.


The Pocket Rocket


76079, nicknamed the Pocket Rocket, is one of British Rails standard 2-6-0 locomotives. Built in 1957 at Horwich in lnacashire it spent much of it's time in the Liverpool area before being withdrawn in 1967, just ten years of service, no time at all really a casualty of hte mass destruction of steam power in the 1960s.

In 1974 it was rescued from the scrap lines and moved to Southport Steamport and then onto Liverpool for rebuilding. It is now owned by Ian Riley and based on the East Lancashire Railway but spends a fair amount of time on the mainline heading up steam specials. It has spent many more years in the precservation movement than it ever did under BR ownership.


comments (11)

  • Astrid
  • The Nehterlands
  • 30 Jan 2008, 05:27
Les I must have been sleeping the last couple of days, I am so sorry, these pictures of the locomotives are stunners, every single on of them, you showed the grotesque force of these magnificent machines, thanks for sharing, I will try to keep awake next time tongue
Les Auld: Thanks Astrid, glad yu like them, it was a pleasure working on them and then posting on Shutterchance.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 30 Jan 2008, 07:44
Such a grand image of a grand locomotive.
Les Auld: Certainly looks the part Kathryn, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2008, 09:47
LOL at Astrid. I missed yesterday's photo and think it's my favorite of the series thus far. These machines really are works of art, Les, and you have done them great justice.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, must give thanks to the volunteers who work onthem and keep them running though.
Superb shot Les. This is my favourite one so far
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, it is a good engine as well.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 30 Jan 2008, 14:57
Excellent...looks like it should be in a film set.
Les Auld: It has appeared in one or two productions I believe, thanks for the comment Dave.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jan 2008, 15:08
So you can own a loco and maybe wagons and operate it on the 'public' railway lines? That could be awesome.

Excellent picture.
Les Auld: It is getting more difficult for the owners to run steam specials on the network these days with the regulations, but there are quite a few steam excursions in different parts of the country. Thanks for the comment Louis.
It's one of the ironies that the much maligned British Railways built some very good locomotives just before they withdrew steam altogether. This suits b&w
Les Auld: Some of the BR Standards were really fine engines bill, my favourite was the 9F, a great shame so many were scrapped still in their youth. Thanks for the comment Bill.
  • Kay
  • snowy/rainy Pacific Northwest
  • 30 Jan 2008, 21:03
Beautifully captured, Les! I wish my Uncle Jim was alive to see this picture of yours. He was a locomotive engineer for many years...1950's on onward.
Les Auld: Thanks Kay, appreciate the comment.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jan 2008, 23:22
I thought for a fleeting moment you'd played with the lettering and changed it to LES rather than LMS. *shakes head - needs better glasses*

This picture shows both the strength and the beauty of these machines. It is really very good. You should publish this series.
Les Auld: Tempted Ellie but resisted it. Thanks for the comment.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 30 Jan 2008, 23:23
Fantastic shot Les.
Les Auld: All down to the subject Aussie, thanks for the comment.
Really like this one Les, the mono treatment is just right. Timeless as they say.
Les Auld: That is the effect I was aiming for Brian, thanks fo the comment.

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