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98999 - Water carrier


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Former A4 class steam tender. Bristol Barton Hill



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  • 98999

    5 December 2016 - Ben Williams

    So this is an interesting one that I didn't know existed! Not sure if it still does... as it is (or was) in departmental / internal role I have added it to the website.

  • 98999

    6 December 2016 - Peter Hall

    This was of course the second tender for Flying Scotsman at one time. I am sure reference to the mass of information about that locomotive will give a clue to its origins. Fairly sure that it was never in departmental service. The number is of course part of the BR private owner scheme. Now owned by one of the labyrinth of Jeremy Hosking companies.

  • 98999

    12 December 2016 - Ben Williams

    So perhaps outside scope of website after all if it is just a spare tender? I thought it may have been used within the depot only?

  • 98999

    23 March 2017 - Dave Carson

    I was doing a Quality Assurance audit there on that date photographed it, as it has a QRX prefix to its number, I thought it is either a departmental or special service vehicle. Interestingly the water tank does not take up the entire tender space, there stairways at each end with a crawl-way over the tank between it and the tender roof.

  • 14 October 2017 - justin edwards

    Definitely never in departmental service or internal use. This is LNER tender no. 5332 built as a 5000 gallon 1928 corridor type. Always in revenue stock as a loco tender until sold in 1966 to Alan Pegler for use with LNER A3 no. 60103 Flying Scotsman and converted to a water carrier. Has remained in private hands ever since as a water carrier for steam locomotives though has frequently been out of use. Most recently has been used with 60019 LNER A4 class loco. All current mainline certified steam locos have a TOPS number in the 98XXX series. I don't think their tenders have a separate TOPS number as they are fairly permanently coupled to the steam loco and regarded as an integral part of it. But as this is a separate vehicle with couplings at both ends and in theory capable of being coupled separately in any train (though in practice highly unlikely) I assume it has been considered necessary to give it its own TOPS number

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