One of the advantages of our rather large locomotive collection at Apedale is that we can show and contrast how locos were used, modified and abused in industry. One such comparison is the two Lister-Blackstones in the collection, 52610 (the grey one) and 52885 (with the cab). Ostensibly similar locos, 52610 was (probably) built without the overall bodywork, and had an engine cover carefully bodged into place by the Scottish peatworks where it worked. 52885, on the other hand, was left in fairly original condition by its owners (a West Midlands clay pot maker). 52610 returned to Apedale this weekend after a prolonged holiday on the Sunny South Coast in the care of the Amberley Musuem Rail Group.
In other news at Apedale, the arrival of the locos back from Beamish prompted something of an accomodation crisis, and hence the new container was rail connected as a matter of some urgency. The first tranche of locos to live in their new home are seen in the final photo making their way across the site.
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