Steam locomotive 9466 was out on the mainline today (20th October 2018), hauling the Dennis Howells Memorial Train.
Dennis Howells, the owner of GWR Hawksworth Pannier 9466, sadly passed away in August 2018. In memory of him, a special railtour was run on the 20th October 2018.
The tour saw 9466 haul the train between Drayton Green to Princes Risborough (for Chinnor) via West Ruislip. 9466 hauled the train throughout its journey in Buckinghamshire.
We see the tank passing 2 minutes late through Saunderton on the Chiltern Mainline between High Wycombe and Princes Risborough.
One of the last designs produced for the GWR by Hawksworth. The class first appeared in 1947, just before the GWR became the Western Region under British Railways.
9466 was built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns in 1951, with the engine being allocated to Worcester (85A) in early 1952.
The class was unfortunate in that diesel shunters were increasing in number, starting to replace the 94XXs from the late 1950s onwards. 9466 lasted until Summer 1964, where the engine was withdrawn and sold to Barry Scrapyard.
Saved from Barry in 1977, 9466 returned to steam at Quainton Road Railway Centre in the Mid 1980s. Throughout preservation, 9466 has run on both mainline and preserved lines. The tank currently wears BR Unlined Black with Early Crest.