Steam enthusiasts commemorate 80 years of the East Anglian service

Gresley 'Sandringham' B17 4-6-0
B17 Steam Locomotive Trust commemorates introduction of the East Anglian
Published Thu, 2017-09-28 15:43

A steam locomotive charity has commemorated the anniversary of the East Anglian train service which embarked on its inaugural journey 80 years ago on September 27th, 1937.




Gresley 'Sandringham' B17 4-6-0 © Ben Brooksbank

As part of the commemoration, B17 Steam Locomotive Trust members were out raising awareness of their campaign to revive the B17 locomotive and the history of the East Anglian. The Trust's main aim is to build and operate an LNER Class B17 4-6-0 express passenger steam locomotive which will be numbered 61673 and named 'Spirit of Sandringham' for mainline and heritage railway use.

The project was started five years ago by a small number of enthusiasts who were interested in constructing a new B17 engine. Their idea eventually gathered pace and, by the spring of 2015, construction had begun in the workshops of the Llangollen Railway. 

The streamlined East Anglian service of the London and North Eastern Railway was introduced on September 27th, 1937. The service did not use new Class A4 4-6-2 locomotives but instead existing Class B17 4-6-0s were given a streamlined casing and used. 

The last B17 engines were withdrawn from service in 1960 and none were preserved. For more information on the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust and its project please visit

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