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[[File:064_305_BH_Yard_2.jpg|thumb|300px|right|64 305 in Bridgnorth Yard in 1975]]
 
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DRG 64 305 was briefly resident on the SVR between 1975 and 1977.
 
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).  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]]).   
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==Service==
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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).
  
Number 305 was purchased for use on the SVR by the ‘German 064 Klasse Fund’ in September 1974, and moved from Weiden depot near the Czech border to Stolberg. In June 1975 a move to Zeebrugge took place, with the locomotive being shipped by sea to Harwich.  The locomotive finally arrived at the SVR several weeks later on 16 July 1975, after a delay in finding a suitable road route for the final part of the journey.  
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Its first allocation in 1934 was to Köln at Geldern shed for use on local passenger services. In March 1943 it transferred to Nürnberg at Würzburg shed, initially on passenger work and later on freight. At the end of World War Two it came under the “Deutsches Bundesbahn” (DB) West Germany State Railway under which in 1950 it received its first major overhaul since 1938. It was then allocated to Aschaffenburg, Bavaria working services to Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Gemunden and latterly Miltenburg. It transferred to Weiden shed, also in Bavaria, and its final months were spent on works trains at Weiden depot, also in Bavaria, last working on 18 March 1974<ref>SVR Stock Book Fifth Edition</ref><ref>[https://davesrailphots.weebly.com/64-305.html David S. Harrison] (Retrieved 9 February 2020)</ref>.
  
The locomotive was steamed later in 1975, and recorded 5 miles of travel. This is believed to have been a return trip from [[Bridgnorth]] to [[Eardington]], of which three photographs are shown below.
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==Preservation==
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Number 305 was purchased 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 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 a vacuum brake in addition to the existing air brake. They had also been made aware of a 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 demonstrate clearances, and had written to Germany for help on this matter.<ref>SVR News 34</ref>
  
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 and to platform clearances would have been required before it could enter service, so in 1977 the locomotive found a new home on the Nene Valley Railway, the only UK heritage railway built to continental loading gauge.
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On 8 February 1975 a party from the SVR numbering around 25 visited Stolberg to inspect the loco.<ref>SVR News 35</ref> In spring 1975 a [[:Category:SVR fundraising lotteries|raffle organised by the SVRA Wolverhampton Branch]] helped raise funds for the [[List of preservation groups|German Tank Fund]].<ref>SVR News 39</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/> 
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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 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 track alignment and 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 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>
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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==
 
==Gallery==
 
 
All photos by David Cooke.
 
All photos by David Cooke.
  
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=== Eardington Test Run ===
 
=== Eardington Test Run ===
 
 
Three photos of 64 305 on a test run back from Eardington, its only known movement outside of Bridgnorth.
 
Three photos of 64 305 on a test run back from Eardington, its only known movement outside of Bridgnorth.
  
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==References==
 
==References==
SVR News<br>
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Severn Valley Railway Stock Book, seventh edition.
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DRG_Class_64 DRG Class 64 on Wikipedia]
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[[Category:SVR fundraising lotteries]]

Latest revision as of 16:32, 9 February 2020

64 305 in Bridgnorth Yard in 1975

DRG 64 305 was briefly resident on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society between 1975 and 1977.

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).

Its first allocation in 1934 was to Köln at Geldern shed for use on local passenger services. In March 1943 it transferred to Nürnberg at Würzburg shed, initially on passenger work and later on freight. At the end of World War Two it came under the “Deutsches Bundesbahn” (DB) West Germany State Railway under which in 1950 it received its first major overhaul since 1938. It was then allocated to Aschaffenburg, Bavaria working services to Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Gemunden and latterly Miltenburg. It transferred to Weiden shed, also in Bavaria, and its final months were spent on works trains at Weiden depot, also in Bavaria, last working on 18 March 1974[1][2].

Preservation

Number 305 was purchased for use on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society 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 transport costs could be raised.[3] The purchasing group confirmed that some modifications would be required including fitting of a vacuum brake in addition to the existing air brake. They had also been made aware of a 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 demonstrate clearances, and had written to Germany for help on this matter.[4]

On 8 February 1975 a party from the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society numbering around 25 visited Stolberg to inspect the loco.[5] In spring 1975 a raffle organised by the SVRA Wolverhampton Branch helped raise funds for the German Tank Fund.[6] 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.[3]

By autumn of 1975 305 had been successfully steamed on 4 occasions but with moves confined to Bridgnorth yard.[7] 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 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 GWRGreat Western Railway gauge as had been assumed Significant modifications to track alignment and 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 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.[8]

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[9].

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.

See also

Former Residents

References

  1. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society Stock Book Fifth Edition
  2. David S. Harrison (Retrieved 9 February 2020)
  3. 3.03.1 SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 36
  4. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 34
  5. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 35
  6. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 39
  7. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 37
  8. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 45
  9. David Harrison

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