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Everton � The Steam Locomotive




This Gresley designed B17 Class 4-6-0 locomotive, named after the Everton Football Club, was one of a number of Football Class steam engines that plied its trade on the railways of England during their heyday.

The engine was built by Robert Stephenson & Sons of Glasgow, and went into service in January 1937.  It ran regularly out of Liverpool Street Station, servicing the routes from London to Norwich and Harwich.  Fine quality prints of the locomotive are available from Richard Green's Locos in Profile website.  Click here to view the copyrghted illustration, which shows the original London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) running number of 2163.

The locomotive was renumbered after the war, following nationalization of the railways by the new Labour Government in 1949.  A model of a B 17 class loco ('Barnsley') is available from Hornby. features the new number '6' at the beginning of its running number, 61663, indicating that the locomotive was formerly owned by the LNER.  It is worthy of note that Mr Frank Hornby, the originator of Hornby trains, was MP for Everton from 1931 to 1935.

The 1960s saw the rise of Everton under Harry Catterick, but the romantic days of steam engines on British Railways were rapidly coming to an end.  The Everton loco was taken out of service and scrapped in February 1960, one of the nameplates ending up at Goodison Park.


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