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Where did the Fell work (when it was working)?

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Now we have KR Models asking for expressions of interest, I'm quite tempted.  I know I can invoke Rule 1 but would like to know how far off actual operation I would be if I'm to include a back-story.

 

When she wasn't laid up, did she just work up and down the MML or did she stray?  Did she only work passenger, or was she known to work on goods as well?

 

TIA

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Hello Metr0land

 

I can quote from two books...

 

Modern Locomotives Illustrated No.185, Main Line Prototypes, The BR Designs

 

Early 1951 mainly around Derby.

23 May 1951 hauled to Marylebone for static display to BTC.

2 June 1951 hauled to Eastbourne for International  Union of Railways Conference.

By end August 1951, main line trials to Leicester.

Seen at St Pancras 5 November 1951.

From January 1952, rostered on 7.10am Derby-Manchester and 11.35am return.

March 1952, commenced services Derby-St Pancras and Manchester.

March 1954, power trials, Manchester-Liverpool via the Cheshire Lines.

May 1954, hauled in a freight train to Willesden for International Railway Congress exhibition.

April 1955, Dynamometer Car trials on Settle & Carlisle.

Summer 1955, on the Midland main line, including some freight turns.

 

Scenes from the Past 44: Rowsley MPD (Keith Miles, Foxline)

 

Extract: On at least one occasion, and I don't think it was an isolated incident, I had to turn out 40520 to pilot the Fell from South Junction and act as a mobile boiler.

 

Brian

 

 

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