76084 will be running on the North Norfolk Railway for their 2021 summer season.
76084 may move to another heritage railway for short periods outside of the NNR contracted periods.
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Often mistaken for indicating a connection with the Scottish Region of British Railways the ‘SC’ plate actually stands for Self-Cleaning.
British Railways Standard Classes of steam locomotives used a simple technology, where a robust mesh grille was incorporated into the smokebox, forming a filter between the front tubeplate and the exhaust. Any large pieces of ‘char’ passing through the boiler tubes would tend to be broken up on impact with the mesh, creating finer particles that would be swept up the chimney instead of accumulating in the bottom of the smokebox. This did not negate the need to clean out the smokebox but reduced the amount of work that had to be done. In the best case, smokebox cleaning could be avoided between boiler washouts, typically at intervals of two weeks.
The fitting of such a mesh was performed at the end of 76084’s 2016 Winter Maintenance and running experience since shows the system to be working with fine particles floating out of the chimney which can be a little inconvenient at station stops.
The ‘SC’ plate was placed on the smokebox door in British Railways days to inform cleaning staff that less work was required on the locomotive.
Now that 76084 has self cleaning kit fitted we have put an ‘SC’ plate on the smokebox door as in British Railways days.
The Overhead Power Lines Warning Flashes 76084 originally carried are no longer recognised whilst running on Network Rail and have to be removed and replaced by those currently in use on NR ever time she ventures onto the BIG railway.
76084 for some reason had 3 of the original British Railways Overhead Power Lines Warning Flashes fitted to her front steps which enabled recognition of her from some distance back in the day.
We have raised the necessary funds to equip 76084 with the main line safety technologies and are earning money from the haulage 76084 is performing.
We have a plan to return 76084 back to service as quickly as possible after her first heavy overhaul in 2013. Presently, funds are required to replace parts loaned to us from other Standard 4 projects and build up the pot for the heavy overhaul.
Our subscribing shareholders are assisting us – more are always welcome.
Sorry no. The Board of Directors took the decision sometime ago to stop issuing shares.
Supporters who wish to donate to 76084 Locomotive Company Limited will become part of the 76084 ‘Family’. We welcome monthly ‘subscribers’ and have several who continue to support us in this way.
As we approached the final period of restoration of the locomotive we investigated where 76084 could run. We were also looking for some financial assistance to fund the much-needed craftsmen towards the end of her restoration. The North Norfolk Railway not only wanted our locomotive to run on their railway but also were willing to pay our steaming fees up front allowing us to complete the restoration sooner than we thought possible.
We have a really good working relationship with the NNR management who appreciate our locomotive as it ‘fits the Railway’. 76084 is an integral part of their plans to run into Cromer with their ‘North Norfolkman’ dinning trains which commenced in August 2016.
The management in the paintshop at Horwich Works always wanted the British Railways emblem on the tender side to be central within the lining out. With the Mk2 and 2A tenders this gave them an issue. It placed the emblem over a cross of rivet heads giving the painters a difficult job. By bringing the rear lining in the centralised emblem rests only over a horizontal line of rivet heads making life a little easier. There is photographic evidence of this application for other members of the class built at Horwich.
We are proud to have reproduced this little bit of Horwich heritage.
You can normally access the footplate of 76084 when at the head of her train in the terminus stations by asking the loco crew. A ride on the footplate is only permissible through the operating Railway. Prior arrangement with the Railway is necessary to obtain a footplate pass.