1500 1963-11-10 Old Oak Common
A work weary 1500 , the first of her class , shows signs of damage to her outside cylinders in this view , doubtless sustained by contact with one of Paddington's platform edges as she spent her life allocated to Old Oak Common from where she was engaged on working empty passenger stock between the Old Oak Stock sidings and Paddington itself, a duty for which Hawksworth had designed the small class of just ten locomotives in 1949, four of the class being allocated to Old oak in the mid ' fifties for use on those duties.
Neither designed nor intended for passenger duties , with their extreme front overhang between the leading coupled wheels and front bufferbeam contributing to their poor riding characteristics the class were , however , strong and sturdy little engines , well liked by their crews and well suited to the empty stock duties mentioned above , and the unique and distinctive outside Walschaerts valve gear made for easy maintenance whilst on shed .
The absence of any rivets to the water tanks is evident in this view , the tanks being of an all welded construction.
Three of the class were purchased by the National Coal Board when their days with British Railways came to an end , and happily 1501 survived and is still with us on the Severn Valley Railway