18000 1950-09-13 London Paddington
Peter Kerslake says "Attracting a crowd of interested enthusiasts, 18000 had been delivered from Switzerland to Swindon in February 1950 via Harwich on the Motor Vessel Suffolk. At this date it was working a weekly roster of two return trips from Paddington to Plymouth and back between Mondays and Thursdays with a Paddington to Bristol working each Friday and Saturday, with Sunday its maintenance day at Old Oak Common. Those duties had begun on 28th August and continued until the end of September. I would suggest that 18000 is running into Platform 1, the principal departure platform, to couple up to ready for a departure either to Plymouth or Bristol, depending on which day of the week it is! Note the large joint builders' Workplate just behind the cab door, and the original whistle on the cab roof which was later replaced by twin air horns."