The first standard gauge locomotive to pass from British Railways to private ownership in full working order was J52 0-6-0ST No 68846 at that time a pilot engine at King’s Cross Top Shed. Designed by H A Ivatt for the Great Northern Railway (GNR) she was built in 1899 by Sharp Stewart in Glasgow as works number 4492 and was numbered 1247 by GNR in their Class J13. At the Grouping in 1923 she became LNER No 4247 (Class J52), then 8846 in the LNER renumbering and eventually, at Nationalisation in 1948, BR No 68846.

Photo: Tom Greaves

68846 with class A headlights in the Hornsey area. It was based at Hornsey from March 1956 to February 1959. Photo: Tom Greaves