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Austerities in the Sun



Two Austerity design 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotives catch the late afternoon sun as they haul their train on the Ribble Steam Railway.

The Austerity 0-6-0s were designed by the Hunslet Engine Company and, in 1943, orders were placed with a number of locomotive manufacturers to build them for use by the War Department.  149 were built in three years, in total over 500 were built up to 1953. At the end of World war 2 they were spread all over Europe and performed many and varied duties in far away places. In the UK many went to the National Coal Board and the Steel industry. 75 were purchased by the LNER and became the J94 class.

Given that they were designed with a relatively short life expectancy over 25 have made it into preservation and there seems to be parts for many more lying around locomotive yards around the country.

The last of the Ribble images for now, but as usual more may be seen on my Flickr site here.

Austerities in the Sun



Two Austerity design 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotives catch the late afternoon sun as they haul their train on the Ribble Steam Railway.

The Austerity 0-6-0s were designed by the Hunslet Engine Company and, in 1943, orders were placed with a number of locomotive manufacturers to build them for use by the War Department.  149 were built in three years, in total over 500 were built up to 1953. At the end of World war 2 they were spread all over Europe and performed many and varied duties in far away places. In the UK many went to the National Coal Board and the Steel industry. 75 were purchased by the LNER and became the J94 class.

Given that they were designed with a relatively short life expectancy over 25 have made it into preservation and there seems to be parts for many more lying around locomotive yards around the country.

The last of the Ribble images for now, but as usual more may be seen on my Flickr site here.

comments (8)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Feb 2010, 06:11
Excellent for a number of reasons. It is as if stepping into the past. Likey
Les Auld: Just managed to keep the modern buildings and cars out of shot Louis, hanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Feb 2010, 06:43
A lovely picture Les: these Hunsletts were really useful engines in their time
Les Auld: Sturdy workhorses Chris, thanks for the comment.
Another cracker Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Michael smile
As I might have said I know not a lot about trains, but this is a cracking shot Les
Les Auld: Glad you like it Linda, thanks for the comment.
A fine shot Les, full of action. The Flickr set is great, you must have got there quite early.
Les Auld: Three days in all Brian, and then the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway next weekend.
Doesnt that sunshine make a difference..it brings it to life Les..Excellent.
Les Auld: It does add another dimension Ron, thanks for the comment.
I've really enjoyed these Les
Les Auld: I enjoyed taking them Bill, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway next weekend.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Feb 2010, 22:56
Well not my favourite locomotive but any steam is better than no steam, I guess! Superb photo in any case.
Les Auld: Useful though, thanks for the comment Alan.

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