W.D Austerity 2-8-0 90733 was officially launched into traffic
on Tuesday 18th September 2007. It hauled a special train for
invited guests who had helped during its long restoration.
History of 90733
The locomotive was built in 1945 by Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows,
works number 5200 and was sent to the Netherlands State Railways.
In 1953 it was sold to Statens Jarnvagar (SJ - Swedish State
Railways) and in 1958 the loco as No. 1931 was withdrawn from
service and stored undercover.
A group of KWVR members found the loco in an isolated clearing
in Sweden and it returned to England via Hull docks to Ingrow
on 12th January 1973. Since 1990 KWVR members have been restoring
the loco to BR condition.
In total 935 of these locos were made, 733 were purchased by
British Railways of which there are no survivors. There was
never a No. 90733, it is numbered as the 734th example to work
in Britain since World War II.