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The Stanier 8F Locomotive Society Limited Registered Charity No 261751


The Stanier 8F Locomotive Society was formed as the '8F Preservation Society' at the end of steam on British Railways in 1968 to preserve one of the Stanier 8F 2-8-0 locomotives. It was successful in saving locomotive, No 48773, LMS No 8233.

The locomotive is normally based on the Severn Valley Railway. It has previously been seen hauling charter trains in different parts of the UK on the main line network and it has made visits to other preserved railways.


Our locomotive was built in 1940 by North British to serve the War Department during the Second World War and it has had an interesting and varied history since.

Membership of the Society is available here. One of the benefits is the Society magazine, Black Eight. Members are also regularly updated through the Black Eight Newsletter which carries up to date information.


Magazine previews!


End of the Line is an exhibition of photos from the End of Steam era, as well as collections from local enthusiasts, to be held at Towneley Hall Museum, Towneley Park, Burnley, BB11 3RQ from Monday 9 July to Sunday 30 September 2018. The Museum is open from Saturday - Thursday (closed Fridays) between noon and 5 pm (last entry 4 pm).


Our locomotive, Stanier 8F 2-8-0 No 48773 was based at nearby Rose Grove shed at the end of the BR steam era in 1968.



Read three of the articles that feature in the most recent ‘Black Eight’ society magazine, as well as historical articles from past editions available here.


Also listen to a recording of the Stanier 8F Locomotive Society History, by  President Ian Moss and Director Bill Murray.  Here




See the locomotive on display at Kidderminster Town Station!


Following the outstanding success of the inclusion of 48773 in the marvellous  ‘End of Steam’ event  held on the Severn Valley Railway in August, the Society is very pleased to announce further “Meet the Engine Events” which will be held during half term week (from 29th October until 2nd November), and Remembrance Weekend on the 10th and 11th of November at Kidderminster Town station.


As in August, the locomotive will be on display to the public and footplate access will be possible.


Photos below show the engine on the previous Meet the Engine Weekend held in August.





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Radio Lancashire broadcast


On 27th August there was a BBC Radio Lancashire Special 'Lancashire's Farewell to Steam'.


Phil Cunliffe took a look at the 50 years since steam left Lancashire, including interviews at Highley with our own John Pedder and Archivist Jim Norman.


This broadcast is available on iPlayer for the next month  Click Here to listen


A video complementing this broadcast has been made available below


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We are very sorry to inform members of the Society that our Vice President Mike Shackleton passed away in hospital on Friday 7 June 2019.

For many years Mike was our Society Treasurer and Board member, later Trustee. Upon his retirement from the Board he accepted the post of Vice president. He quickly became  well known within the Society and wider railway preservation movement as a friend and trusted colleague. A talented photographer and writer, his knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed.

Our condolences go to his wife Betty and his family and friends.

Mike’s funeral will be held on Friday June 28th 2019 at 11.00 a.m. at Christ Church 170, Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9AN and at 12.00 at Dukinfield  Crematorium, Hall Green Rd. Dukinfield SK16 4EP and afterwards at the  Sheldon Arms, 2, Lord Sheldon Way Audenshaw OL6 7UB.

Betty has kindly requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made in favour of the Stanier 8F Locomotive Society.


Mike Shackleton