75079 - British Railways Standard Class 4MT

75079 - British Railways Standard Class 4MT

Status: Under Restoration

75079 is a British Railways Standard Class 4 4-6-0 mixed traffic locomotive completed at Swindon in January 1956, one of a batch built for the Southern Region. Entering service at Exmouth Junction it was soon allocated to Basingstoke where it operated semi-fast passenger trains to Salisbury and Waterloo among other duties and and destinatins. During this period a double chimney was fitted to improve performance.

In 1963 it was re-allocated to Eastleigh from where it continued operating passenger services, including sometimes boat trains, and other duties until withdrawal in late 1966. In 1982 it was bought from Barry scrap yard with the help of Plymouth City Council and restoration started at the Plym Valley Railway. It was bought by MHRPS arriving at Alresford in April 2007.

Completion of 75079ís restoration is eagerly awaited because of its perfect size for the Mid-Hants and also many members, volunteers and visitors have memories of it working here in the Hampshire area.

Work has now started on the restoration of the engine and construction of a new tender for this loco as it didn't come with one. For restoration updates, please continue to check Loco News and follow the blog.


Built at
Swindon Works 
4 mixed traffic 
R.A Riddles 
Entered service
January 1956 
Shed allocation
Exmouth Junction (from new), soon allocated to Basingstoke Shed, Eastleigh Shed 1963 
Total built of class
late 1966 
Current owner


Coal capacity
6 tons 
Cylinder size
18" x 28" 
Driving wheel diameter
5' 3" 
Fire grate
26.7 sq ft 
Total length
Tractive effort
25515 ibf at 85% boiler pressure 
Valve gear
Water capacity
4250 gallons 
Wheel arrangement
Working order weight
117.05 tons 

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