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[[File:064_305_BH_Yard_2.jpg|thumb|300px|right|64 305 in Bridgnorth Yard in 1975]]
DRG 64 305 was briefly resident on the SVR between 1975 and 1977.
This locomotive was built by the German firm of Krupp in 1934 for the German state railway Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft (DRG). ==Service==The DRG Class 64 was a standard passenger train tank engine with a wheel arrangement of 1'C1' ([[UIC classification]]) or 2-6-2 ([[Whyte notation]]). This locomotive was built by the German firm of Krupp in 1934 for the German state railway Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft (DRG). It was first allocated to the Geldern depot at Cologne for use on local passenger services, moving to the Würzburg Shed at Nürnberg during the war initially on passenger work and later on freight.
Number 305 Post-War it was purchased for use on the SVR by allocated to the ‘German 064 Klasse Fund’ West German state railway Deutsches Bundesbahn (DB) under which in September 1974, and moved from Weiden depot near the Czech border to Stolberg1950 it received its first major overhaul since 1938. In June 1975 a move It was then allocated to Zeebrugge took placeAschaffenburg, with the locomotive being shipped by sea Bavaria working services to HarwichDarmstadt, Frankfurt, Gemunden and latterly Miltenburg. The locomotive finally arrived Its final months were spent on works trains at the SVR several weeks later on 16 July 1975Weiden depot, after a delay also in finding a suitable road route for the final part of the journeyBavaria, last working on 18 March 1974<ref>SVR Stock Book Fifth Edition</ref>.
The locomotive ==Preservation==Number 305 was steamed later in 1975purchased for use on the SVR by the ‘German 064 Klasse Fund’ on 27 May 1974 at a cost of £2, 724. In September 1974 the loco was moved from Weiden depot near the Czech border to Stolberg for storage until the funds for the purchase price and recorded 5 miles transport costs could be raised.<ref name=SVR36>SVR News 36</ref> The purchasing group confirmed that some modifications would be required including fitting of travela vacuum brake in addition to the existing air brake. This is believed to have They had also been made aware of a return trip from [[Bridgnorth]] recent Department of the Environment (DoE) requirement for the locomotive to be "superimposed" passing under bridges and through platforms at 5 m.p.h. and maximum line speed to [[Eardington]]demonstrate clearances, of which three photographs are shown belowand had written to Germany for help on this matter.<ref>SVR News 34</ref>
On 8 February 1975 a party from the SVR numbering around 25 visited Stolberg to inspect the loco.<ref>SVR News 35</ref> On Thursday 26 June 1975 the locomotive was hauled by rail from Stolberg to Raeren in Belgium, the move through West Germany being steam hauled by 052 928-9. The following day the journey continued to Zeebrugge. On Monday 30 June the locomotive was loaded on the rail ferry and shipped by sea to Harwich where it was transferred into a siding. The locomotive left Harwich by road on 15 July 1975, after a delay in finding a suitable road route for the final part of the journey. The journey to Bridgnorth was completed on 16 July 1975 after an overnight stop.<ref name=SVR36/>  By autumn of 1975 305 had been successfully steamed on 4 occasions but with moves confined to Bridgnorth yard.<ref>SVR News 37</ref> The locomotive subsequently recorded 5 miles of travel, believed to have been a return trip from [[Bridgnorth]] to [[Eardington]], of which three photographs are shown below. It soon transpired that the measurements of the locomotive that had been provided prior to purchase were incorrect, and also that the Severn Valley Railway had not been built to standard GWR gauge as had been assumed. Significant modifications to the locomotive’s profile track alignment and to platform clearances would have been necessary throughout the line, or major changes would have been required to the locomotive’s profile, notably cutting back the tank and cab sides and lowering the cab roof. A kinematic envelope of the locomotive’s profile against all structures down the line would then have to be produced before it DoE permission could be obtained for the locomotive to enter service. The Fund’s shareholders therefore decided to sell the locomotive, so in 1977 the locomotive found a new home on the Nene Valley Railway which had been modified to cope with locomotives built to continental loading gauge.<ref>SVR News 45</ref> Restoration of the locomotive was subsequently completed at the Nene Valley, after which it saw regular service on the line and featured in several films. It was taken out of traffic in 1987, following which its air pump was used by Flying Scotsman during that locomotive’s tour of Australia in 1989-90. 305 is now stored at Wansford awaiting overhaul<ref>[https://davesrailphots.weebly.com/64-305.html David Harrison]</ref>.
==Gallery==
 
All photos by David Cooke.
=== Eardington Test Run ===
 
Three photos of 64 305 on a test run back from Eardington, its only known movement outside of Bridgnorth.
==References==
SVR News<brreferences/>Severn Valley Railway Stock Book, seventh edition==Links==*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DRG_Class_64 DRG Class 64 on Wikipedia]
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