War Department (NS1) (SJ2) 2-8-0 No. 79257 (4464) (1931) 90733
Haworth, Yorkshire, UK
Location: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Status: Overhaul
Abbreviation Expansion English
1 NS Nederlandse Spoorwegen Dutch National Railways
2 SJ Statens Järnvägar Swedish State Railways
Posted: Nov 24, 2021 @ 09:11:04 by Dale W Fickes
This locomotive, though ordered (and numbered) by the British War Department ran, upon delivery in 1945 for the NS as their No. 4464 before being sold to the SJ as No. 1931. The NS number is not currently indicated or recognised on the principal ‘title’ page.
Posted: Jan 5, 2018 @ 12:01:33 by Russell Newman
Due to some misinformation it turns out that 90733 has until April 2018 when it is to be withdrawn from service for its overhaul. The is still in service till then.
Posted: Dec 27, 2017 @ 04:12:06 by Russell Newman
WD Austerity 2-8-0 No. 90733 has reached the end of its current boiler ticket and has been withdrawn from service for its 10 year overhaul.
Posted: Jun 8, 2017 @ 12:06:08 by Russell Newman
90733 is to make a visit to the North Norfolk Railway for there Autumn Steam Gala on the weekend of September the 1st to the 3rd. It will be paired up with big sister Dub Dee 90775 which will be the first time since the end of steam that a WD Austerity 2-8-0 and a 2-10-0 will seen together.
Posted: Dec 14, 2015 @ 13:12:03 by Steve Frost
This is a UK wartime 'Austerity' loco. Large numbers were built and widely used in UK and Europe in the later war years and up to the late 1960's. In post war UK many were bought by British Railways, but all were scrapped. This one was used in the Netherlands before sale to Sweden, where its 4 axle tender was cut down to 3 axles to fit onto turntables. Lots of Swedish modifications were made to the loco, too - the insulated cab, the electric lights, the miniature snowploughs, and the air pump is retained (removed in UK operated examples as most railways in the UK used vacuum brakes until the 1970's) One of the album photos was taken at Haworth when the loco was still in its Swedish condition - note the cast brass numberplate on the cabside, and SJ lettering on the tender.

After boiler work at L&NWR, a new smokebox and ashpan were made there. By chance an eight wheeled tender chassis was located so that a correct tender could be built. Now rebuilt to UK condition and numbered 90733 in the same series, as its UK based sisters were. 90733 would have been the next number in the British Railways numbering sequence, had it ever been on BR's books. For the record, its War Department number was 79257, its Dutch number was 4464 and the Swedish number was 1931.

The 2-10-0 version can also be seen - see No 3672 on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, for example.