LMS Ivatt Class 2 46521
IvattHenry George Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1946-1948. CME of BR (London Midland Region) 1948-1951 2MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. No 46521 was resident on the SVRSevern Valley Railway between 1971 and 2002.
The LMSLondon Midland & Scottish Railway IvattHenry George Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1946-1948. CME of BR (London Midland Region) 1948-1951 Class 2 was designed by H.G. (George) IvattHenry George Ivatt, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway 1946-1948. CME of BR (London Midland Region) 1948-1951 for work on secondary and branch line duties. Locomotives of this class were often referred to as a "Mickey Mouse". It is a 2-6-0 'MogulLocomotive with a 2-6-0 wheel configuration', rated 2MTThe British Railways system of classifying steam locomotives by power using a number from 0, least powerful, to 9, most powerful, followed by either F for freight, P for Passenger or MT for Mixed Traffic. by BRBritish Rail or British Railways following nationalisation.
No 46521 was one of the final batch of these locomotives built by BRBritish Rail or British Railways at the Swindon works in 1953. The Swindon batch incorporated certain modifications over the earlier versions (of which the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s 46443 is a Crewe-built example), including an increase of ½in cylinder diameter, blast pipe modifications and a taller chimney.
46521 had a working life with BRBritish Rail or British Railways of 13 years, based around the Cambrian area including Oswestry, Brecon and Machynlleth. The locomotive was withdrawn by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in November 1966 and moved to Barry Scrapyard in 1967.
In 1969 46521 was selected for preservation by SVRSevern Valley Railway member Charles Newton. The locomotive arrived at the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 20 March 1971 and entered service in July 1974, becoming the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s first ex-BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. restoration to be completed. The locomotive initially carried the same green livery in which it finished BRBritish Rail or British Railways service, although in 1975 both 46421 and 46443 were painted into red livery and given modified superstructures for filming of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. 46521 was eventually withdrawn from service in 1977 for major boiler repairs.
Following completion of the overhaul, a second period of service commenced, this time ending on 24th August, 1984.
A third period of service began in 1991, during which 46521 spent the summer of 1993 on hire to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, as well as taking part in the London Underground ‘Steam on the Met’ festival the same year. 46521 also featured as ‘Blossom’ in the BBC sitcom Oh, Doctor Beeching!, which was filmed between 1995 and 1997. 46521 was formally named ‘Blossom’ by actor Steven Lewis in a ceremony on 17 February 1997. 46521’s third period of service ended in 2000, and the locomotive left the SVRSevern Valley Railway in November 2001, moving to the Great Central Railway to join 78019 which had left two years earlier.
See alsoFormer Residents
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events
SVRSevern Valley Railway News
Severn Valley Railway Stock Book, seventh edition.
Great Central Railway 46521 web page Retrieved 25 February 2015.