New Nottinghamshire Home for Steam Locomotive No. 1264

The Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust has announced that LNER B1 No 1264 is due to move away from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway before its next overhaul.

After being based at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the past ten years, 1264 is moving to the Nottingham Heritage Railway for its next overhaul.

1264 last ran on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in 2019 but was taken out of service in March 2020 when cracks were discovered in the combustion chamber.

These will be fixed as part of the overhaul, but this will likely mean that a new inner combustion chamber will be required. Attention will also be paid to the axle boxes, horn guides, new tender tank and new tires.

The good news is that the aim is to keep the main line B1 registered and that the RNH should be connected to the main line in the near future.

Dave Horton, TBLT Secretary, said: “We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to operate at NYMR over the past decade and have made many friends there. However, it has been difficult to support the locomotive from such a distance and because many of our members and in particular our engineers are based in the Midlands, it is time to bring the locomotive closer to home. We are committed to keeping the locomotive available for work on heritage and mainline railways.

NYMR CEO Chris Price said: “The B1 has been a popular and reliable performer on a line it is perfectly suited for, so we are sorry to see it go. We wish the Trust good luck with funding the next overhaul and the rapid return to service of the Locomotive.”

Overhaul donations can be made on the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust website.

Jose P. Rogers