April 2018 Picture of the Month


Firing Black Prince A scene on the North Norfolk Railway as the fireman prepares No.92203 2-10-0 Black Prince for another run between Holt and Sheringham. The Class 9F 2-10-0 locomotives were the 'swansong' of steam on British Railways, most of them retired after just a very few years of service. Black Prince was one of the lucky ones, being preserved, although always slightly in the shadow of Evening Star, the last steam engine to be built for BR. The surviving 9Fs have now spent more than five times as long in preservation as they spent in BR service.

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