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Andrew Barclay No. 2199 ‘Victory’

Service Life

‘Victory’ is an ex-dockyard locomotive built in 1945; an Andrew Barclay build 0-4-0ST built to the standard 12” class pattern. ‘Victory’ was given the works number ‘2199’. Bought new from Andrew Barclay, to which she started working at the Royal Navy Dockyard at Chatham in 1945, spending her entire career at Chatham a sum of 24 years being sold in 1969.

Preservation

Sadly, she was bought and sent to a scrapyard in Swanley, Kent in 1972. However, by October 1973 the locomotive was purchased from the scrap yard, where she moved to the South Eastern Steam Centre, Ashford Kent. On the 24th of April 1978 Victory was moved again to the Colne Valley railway in Essex, being kept in storage and moving to the Epping & Ongar railway in 2012. Where she was overhauled by Richard and Tony Goulding, and fittingly visited Chatham once again as part of Chatham’s festival of Steam and Transport before moving to Whitwell and Reepham Railway in Norfolk in 2013 as a visitor while Annie was in Overhaul, however she was bought by the Whitwell & Reepham Railway to which she can still be found on the railway, working regular events for the public.

Victory at North Weald
Victory at North Weald

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