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The Stanier 8F Locomotive Society Limited Registered Charity No 261751


The Stanier 8F Locomotive Society was formed as the '8F Preservation Society' at the end of steam on British Railways in 1968 to preserve one of the Stanier 8F 2-8-0 locomotives. It was successful in saving locomotive, No 48773, LMS No 8233.

The locomotive is normally based on the Severn Valley Railway. It has previously been seen hauling charter trains in different parts of the UK on the main line network and it has made visits to other preserved railways.


Our locomotive was built in 1940 by North British to serve the War Department during the Second World War and it has had an interesting and varied history since.

Membership of the Society is available here. One of the benefits is the Society magazine, Black Eight. Members are also regularly updated through the Black Eight Newsletter which carries up to date information.


Magazine previews!


End of the Line is an exhibition of photos from the End of Steam era, as well as collections from local enthusiasts, to be held at Towneley Hall Museum, Towneley Park, Burnley, BB11 3RQ from Monday 9 July to Sunday 30 September 2018. The Museum is open from Saturday - Thursday (closed Fridays) between noon and 5 pm (last entry 4 pm).


Our locomotive, Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No 48773 was based at nearby Rose Grove shed at the end of the BR steam era in 1968.



Read three of the articles that feature in the most recent ‘Black Eight’ society magazine, as well as historical articles from past editions available here.


Also listen to a recording of the Stanier 8F Locomotive Society History, by  President Ian Moss and Director Bill Murray.  Here




See the locomotive on display at Kidderminster Town Station!


 Stanier 8F No 48773, complete with its unique yellow stripe, will be on display at Kidderminster Town station, SVR from

4-11 August 2018

as part of the Severn Valley Railway/Kidderminster Railway Museum event to mark the 50th Anniversary of the end of BR Steam working. There will be public access to the footplate and the Society will mount displays and have a sales stand presence.


You can also follow us on Facebook, and share some photographs of  your own!


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