Well, after 12 years out of service we are delighted to have relaunched 75014 Braveheart yesterday in glorious South Devon sunshine!
Built December 1951 in Swindon (withdrawn British Railways 1966), the British Railway 4-6-0 standard class 4 was built for use on the Western, Midland and Southern regions of the recently nationalised rail network. They were extremely versatile mixed traffic locos, frequently used on passenger duties.
75014 was allocated to a number of Midland region sheds during its short life and 1964 saw it allocated to Shrewsbury from where it was withdrawn and sent to Barry scrap yard in December 1966. In Barry scrap yard for fourteen years, it rotted and donated parts to other locos, until it was bought as a wreck in 1981. A four man syndicate based on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway brought it back to steam in 1994. The syndicate decided to sell the loco in 2002 and the Dartmouth Steam Railway & River Boat Company were fortunate to become the new owners.
For four consecutive years, 1995-98, it was the mainstay of the "Jacobite" tourist train from Fort William. After a missing a year it returned in 2000 when it was named Braveheart, in recognition of the Mel Gibson film, which was shot in the West Highlands. The boiler has been completely overhauled by our team at Churston workshop and she had her official relaunch yesterday morning.
You can see footage from the BBC here (the news item on Braveheart starts at 21mins 30secs into the video (i.e. at 21:30).