76084 was outshopped from Horwich Works on 28 March 1957 at a cost of £22,082 and with an expected working life of 40 years but the Modernisation Plan of 1955 curtailed this drastically. 76084 was one of the last batch of locomotives to be built at Horwich – the final locomotive was completed in. These locomotives were to be the last new-build steam that Horwich would produce finishing with 76099 in November 1957.
Records show that 76084 initially went to Lower Darwen (24D) along with sisters 76080/1/2 and 3.
The table below shows how 76084 became something of a guinea pig for two other north west sheds to try out the class eventually returning to Lower Darwen.
All 5 locomotives were transferred to Sutton Oak, St.Helens, before Lower Darwen closed with 76084 leaving Lower Darwen on 5 March 1965 (see Sightings page). All but one, 76082 which was scrapped in 1966, were subsequently transferred to Springs Branch, Wigan on the closure of Sutton Oak in June 1967.
76084 was the last BR Mogul to be withdrawn from capital stock in Dec 1967.
|Lower Darwen||24D||28 Mar 1957|
|Lancaster Green Ayre||24J||4 Oct 1958|
|Skipton||24G||26 Oct 1958|
|Lancaster Green Ayre||24J||21 Feb 1959|
|Lower Darwen||24D||28 Mar 1959|
|Later 10H||01 Sept 1963|
|Swindon Works||Maintained||1 Dec 1963|
|Sutton Oak||8G||13 Mar 1965|
|Springs Branch||8F||24 Jun 1967|
|Withdrawn Week ending||2 Dec 1967|
|Woodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry||11 Sept 1968|
76084 arrived at Barry on 11 September 1968 in a convoy with 76077 having been split from 76079 and 76080 somewhere along the way. This date is significant because it was the first day a Barry locomotive left for preservation in the form of Midland 4F 43924. An image of 76084 dating from April 1974 shows that the E.L.R (presumably East Lancashire Railway) had reserved her.
Lady In Pink
In mid October 1974 5 members of the Hallamshire Railway Preservation Society from Sheffield spent a working weekend at Barry with a view to purchase and to prevent further decay painted her with red lead primer.
76084 was seen soon afterwards standing proud alone on an empty siding. Perhaps she was moved to this position to allow the restoration work to proceed. For whatever reason this was to be an abortive preservation attempt but made 76084 stand out from the crowd for the remaining 8 years of her stay in the yard.
As space at the yard became scarce 76084 was pushed down her siding almost to the bufferstops.
Thanks to the power of the internet there are a goodly number of images of 76084 lanquishing in South Wales. As time past she was stripped of various parts as Woodhams became a valuable source of steam locomotive spare parts. The story of Woodhams has been the subject of numerous publications but our locomotives story takes a turn for the better in 1982.
Off To Nottinghamshire
It was in 1982 that Phil Rollin concluded his negotiations to buy 76084 for £7,500. And so it was in January 1983 that 76084 left Woodham’s for a new life in South Leverton near Retford, Nottinghamshire. She had spent 14 years and 4 months in South Wales and was the 143rd locomotive to leave the yard. Phil had the good sense to buy 76084’s original tender for an extra £1,500 reasoning that it would soon be bought by another party and be lost to him forever.
Phil placed 76084 in his back garden and gave her a cosmetic makeover. Sadly, Phil died in the early 1990s and the future of the locomotive became a little uncertain. She was bought from Phil’s daughter and moved to Morpeth.
A very informative article with a photograph of Phil appeared in Steam Railway magazine.
A New Company is Born
That’s when the story of 76084 Locomotive Company Limited starts. 76084 was returned to steam in May 2013 and to traffic in July 2013 after a 16 year restoration programme. The restoration was helped immensely by the assistance of the North Norfolk Railway providing up front steaming fees to finance the latter stages of the work.
Now we have completed the fitting and testing of the necessary safety technologies, brought 76084 up to main line standards mechanically and have run on the main line from Cromer to Holt for the North Norfolk Railway as well as some main line charters.
Our latest initiative follows on from a very successful boiler tube sponsorship appeal and is the sponsorship of parts loaned from Classmate 76077 during 76084’s restoration. Follow the link for more information.