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Heaton Mersey, 1967
From “Ernie’s Railway Archive”, as seen on his Flickr pages, and shown here with with permission, 73050 is seen in 1968 at her last BR shed, Patricroft, on the original Liverpool & Manchester line. The cabside number is a bit difficult to make out but the BR1G tender is recognisable.
Patricroft, June 1968
Just a few weeks from shed closure and withdrawal from service, Keith Burton captured 73050 on-shed at Patricroft.
Note the off-centre middle lamp bracket. This can also be seen in the picture of the loco in Manchester Victoria
This is also from the pages of Flickr with Keith’s permission.
As can be seen on the (off-centre) headcode, this was train 1Z77. The tour ran to/from Birmingham and was steam-hauled around Cheshire and Lancashire, including Stockport, Stalybridge, Bolton and Liverpool.
These two locos handled the tour between Stalybridge - Huddersfield - Brighouse - Hebden Bridge - Rose Grove - Blackburn - Bolton.
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After 2 year at Shrewsbury, seeing intermittent use, a further move took her to the London Midland Region, initially to Agecroft shed, a few miles NW of Manchester. When Agecroft closed in October 1966, 73050 was transferred to Patricroft, a few miles further west.
By now, steam was well and truly on the way out and that shed also closed to steam at the end of June 1968. 22 of the 27 resident locos were condemned, including 73050. The 5 escapees were 3 black 5s, an 8F and BR Standard 73069 but they were not the lucky ones, all being scrapped in 1968/9.