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Posted: March 25, 2015 in Trains, Transport, UK
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925 Cheltenham was one of 40 ‘Schools Class’ locomotives built for the Southern Region and which were the most powerful locomotives in Britain at their time of operation. They were named after public schools within the Southern area.



Cheltenham was built at Eastleigh works in 1934 and performed both passenger and freight duties on the Southern region. It was withdrawn from Service in 1962.

Lord Nelson and Cheltenham dual hauling a train northbound on the Mid-Hants Railway


Following its withdrawal it was taken to Eastleigh for a light overhaul and then was on display at the national railway Museum at York until the decision was taken in 2010 to return it to working order. It was restored at Eastleigh and Ropley and entered into service in 2012 on the Mid-Hants Railway.


2 other examples of schools class locomotives are preserved, one, working, on the North York Moors railway and one, on static display, at the Bluebell Railway