M&GNRS members will decide on the livery of LNER steam locomotive No. 8572

Discussions have taken place regarding the livery of the LNER B12 8572 following its withdrawal from service for overhaul.

The Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society (M&GN) will overhaul the unique B12 which is the only 4-6-0 inboard locomotive to be retained. M&GN originally purchased the locomotive in 1962 and returned it to steam in 1995, the latter being its second major overhaul.

The early stages of the overhaul will see the locomotive stripped down for assessment of the work required. The necessary work will then be the subject of a call for tenders with competitive offers sought for each area of ​​intervention and contracts awarded allowing the start of the work.

The overhaul is expected to cost around £400,000, with M&GN set to launch an appeal in the very near future called ‘Steaming into the Next Century’ and hopes to see the locomotive return to steam in time for its 100th anniversary in 2028.

Throughout its shelf life, the B12 ran with two iconic liveries which were BR lined black from 1999 to 2007 and LNER Apple Green from 2012 to 2021. The question which is very often controversial as always, which livery will wear after the overhaul and on re-entry into service?

Vice President Ashley Barrs said, “Our members own the engine and we want them to decide. With over 2000 members there will be different points of view and it is important to understand what the majority wants. The democratic way to find out is to conduct a membership survey.

The big decision is expected to be revealed by directors in the Spring 2022 edition of the company’s Joint Line, also on M&GN’s website and via social media. Members will receive details on how they can make their choice via the aforementioned media before Christmas and again in January. The rail press will also include articles about the locomotive to build a strong brand for the B12 and a connection with those who are not currently members and may well join the Society to have their say.

Members of the polling company will have the option of voting electronically or by mail. For the vote to be valid, a minimum vote of 10% of the members must participate.

Members can vote via the M&GNRS website.

Jose P. Rogers