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War Department Austerity Goods Locomotive 90582 at Broughton Lane Station Bridge and Huntsman's Buildings (left)

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Title:War Department Austerity Goods Locomotive 90582 at Broughton Lane Station Bridge and Huntsman's Buildings (left)
Location:Sheffield_Brightside
Date Period:Please select
Photographer:Mr Brackenbury
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The locomotive was designed to be simple to produce in large numbers. The War Department used these locos abroad as well as in this country - examples were still to be found in Greece in the early 1980s. Despite having a design life of only ten years - examples survived in this country until 1966. Information from John A Thickitt: This Class provided a distinctive loud and rhythmic clanking sound from the driving wheels when the engine was coasting. Because this engine carries a British Railways number, the date will be post 1948. No. 90682 was based at Normanton in West Yorkshire until at least November 1966. (information from Ian Allan Locoshed book - 1966). This was the most numerous class of 'Austerity' locomotive operated by British Railways. The 'Austerity' (AKA 'WD') class were heavy-freight engines'. Their most frequent duties involved the haulage of coal in loose-coupled, unbraked wagons. This scene in the photograph was typical: an engine trundling along hauling a rake of loose-coupled, unbraked mineral-waggons, either loaded with coal or 'empties' back to the colliery. By the mid-1960's the North Midlands had become one of the strongholds for this class.

Some Austerities were based locally and frequently seen on the ex-GCR lines around Sheffield, particularly at Rotherwood sidings near Woodhouse. From mid 1965 onwards, the steam sheds in the North Midlands closed and so engines from the West Riding became the last of the class to visit Sheffield until the class became extinct in 1967.

However, the last Austerities to work along routes around Sheffield would have been surviving engines' from the Wakefield area. Note: 1) the date of the photograph will be post-1948, because the engine carries a British Railways number. 2)These engines' were notable for a distinctive, clanking sound made by the driving wheels when the engine was coasting.

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