This shot of a Stanier 8F in WD blue livery at Longmoor Downs Platform has long been one of my most treasured acquisitions:
Built by NBL 24620/1940
LMSR No. 8246
Shipped to Persia 09/41 and renumbered 41.108
Transfered by rail to Egypt/Palestine 1944 and renumbered 70320
Named LT W O LENNOX VC after a Crimean War hero whilst with Middle East Forces on Egyptian State Railway
Loco only (i.e. sans tender) returned to Derby for overhaul with replacement boiler in 1952
Renumbered 501 and sent to Longmoor with spare tender bought from BR
Sold to BR in 07/57 and renumbered 48774
Withdrawn from BR service at Speke Jct.(8C) in May 1965.
Note that the WD 2-10-0 in this shot, No. 600 Gordon taken during the open day on September 3rd 1955, is paired with that spare Stanier tender.
Tony Walmsley has kindly sent me the following additional data regarding the WD 8F's: This loco was one of three 8Fs (48773/4/5) that were bought by BR from the WD and put into service at Polmadie shed in September 1957 for use on Ravenscraig iron ore trains. At the time they were the only 8Fs allocated to Scottish sheds. They then had an uncertain life in BR days. They were withdrawn in December 1962, but reinstated back to Polmadie in February 1963, then withdrawn again in July 1963. The London Midland decided that 3 x usable 8F's shouldn't go a-begging; so they were reinstated to Kingmoor shed in November 1963. They were all reallocated a few times with 48774 withdrawn first in 1965. The other two survived through to the end of steam with 48773 being one of the very last 8Fs in steam being subsequently preserved on the Severn Valley Railway.
[Mike Morant collection]