58100 1953c Bromsgrove
The MR four-cylinder 0-10-0 Lickey banker No 58100 rests between turns with Jinty 0-6-0T No 47301 at Bromsgrove shed in c1953.
Peter Kerslake says "A superb picture of "Big Bertha" the renowned Lickey banking engine and the favourite of enginemen at Bromsgrove depot, at the foot of the 1 in 37 gradient. This image shows a number of interesting features of this magnificent machine, especially the massive headlamp, an essential requirement for the crews when buffering up to whatever was in need of assistance up to Blackwell during night time operations. The tender with its cut down sides provided good visibility when running tender first. 58100 worked on the Lickey for almost forty years, from 1920 until 1956 until it was replaced by Standard 9F 2-10-0 92079."
Photo: Rail Archive Stephenson