64696 1953-09-20 Stratford MPD
Ex-Great Eastern Railway A. Hill 'J20/1' class 0-6-0 No. 64696. Built at Stratford in December 1922 as GER No. 1291 and withdrawn in April 1962.
Alfred John Hill was the last (and arguably least known) CME of the Great Eastern Railway, serving from 1912 to 1922. His sturdy and reliable 'J19' and similar 'J20' 0-6-0s were mainstays of the GER's freight fleet and were the most powerful 0-6-0s in Britain when introduced in 1920. All were modified by Gresley, their Belpaire boilers were replaced with his round-topped design as seen here at Stratford in September 1953.
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