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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!

Following the outstanding success of the inclusion of 48773 in the marvellous  ‘End of Steam’ event  held on the Severn Valley Railway in August, the Society is very pleased to announce a further “Meet the Engine Weekend” will be held on  29/30 September 2018 at Kidderminster Town station. This is the weekend following the SVR Autumn Steam Gala.

As in August, the locomotive will be on display to the public and footplate access will be possible.

The only other scheduled 'event' taking place at that time at Kidderminster will be the final weekend of Kidderminster Railway Museum's Guild of Railway Artists display of railway paintings. Talking of displays, John Pedder will bring along his highly acclaimed ‘End of Steam’ material for all those who missed it first time around.

Photos below show the engine on the Meet the Engine Weekend.

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Radio Lancashire broadcast

On 27th August there was a BBC Radio Lancashire Special 'Lancashire's Farewell to Steam'.

Phil Cunliffe took a look at the 50 years since steam left Lancashire, including interviews at Highley with our own John Pedder and Archivist Jim Norman.

This broadcast is available on iPlayer for the next month  Click Here to listen

A video complementing this broadcast has been made available below


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