Derwent Valley Light Railway


British Railways 03079 built 1960

Picture by Trevor Humbey

Delivered new from Doncaster works on 16/1/60 to Thornaby Depot (51L), as D2079. As D2079, it was transferred from Thornaby to Darlington (51A) on 23/1/60. It was renumbered from D2079 to 03079 at Darlington on the 9/2/74. It remained at Darlington (DN) until 22/2/76, when it was transferred to Gateshead (GD). During the locos time at Gateshead, it spent a lot of time north of Newcastle at Tweedmouth, near Berwick, and in 1982, certainly during April, it was unofficially named Border Lass, but the exact date is uncertain. It stayed at Gateshead (GD) until it was transferred to Eastleigh (EH) near Southampton on the 11/9/83. It was only allocated to Eastleigh as a storage location, but was used occasionally. It was then transferred from Eastleigh to Ryde (RY) on the 8/4/84 where it was allocated until sold to preservation in 1998. During its period at Ryde, it was renumbered from 03079 to 97805, the date of its renumbering is uncertain, but it was renumbered back to 03079 on the 16/2/89. The loco never actually carried the number 97805

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