Before they were Famous – Deutz

Last week’s Before They Were Famous shot of Motor Rail 8748 hanging perilously from a digger at Leighton Buzzard seems to have been well received. So, into the De Lorean and back to 1972. Specifically, the glamorous location of Long Reach Sewage Works near Dartford. This seems to have escaped the final cut of Back to the Future – can’t think why. Four locos are seen, all semi-derelict. The Ruston with the keyhole cab is 166346, now preserved at Leighton Buzzard. Behind it are Rustons 166028 and 175116, neither of which survive. The Deutz – now recognised as works number 10050 – sits with them. This charismatic loco was preserved by Rich Morris and friends, and ended up at Gloddfa Ganol. From there, it moved onto Cadeby and full restoration, and now lives at Apedale – where the final photo is showing how it looks today.