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 Built in 1957 at Horwich in lnacashire it spent much of it's time in the Liverpool area before being withdrawn in 1967, just ten years of service, no time at all really a casualty of hte mass destruction of steam power in the 1960s.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.
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