Nottingham Heritage Railway sees the arrival of the LNER B1 steam locomotive

LNER B1 No 1264 has officially left the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and arrived at its new home of Nottingham Heritage Railway.

In July the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust announced that the locomotive would leave the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and find a new home in Ruddington.

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.

The move was due to the distance between the trust member’s home and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

LNER B1 No 1264 near Goathland – North Yorkshire Moors Railway // Credit: RailAdvent

A review is due to begin soon and will see 1264 return to the mainline, with the NHR also getting a mainline connection in the near future.

At the time of the announcement, 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.

You can see 1264 in action on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by watching our Steam Gala 2019 video. This is available to stream on your PC/tablet/phone by clicking here or can be purchased on DVD/Blu-ray from our shop online here

Jose P. Rogers