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For the next two years the Works continued to overhaul steam engines and carry out wagon repairs, plus the electric multiple units, but steam locomotive repairs ended in May 1964, the last to leave being Stanier LMS 8F 2-8-0 48756 - under its own steam - seen here being given a great send off by the Works staff on .
Thereafter the Works was used for carriage and wagon repairs until closure in 1983, the site was sold by BREL in 1988 and the rail connection to the works was removed in 1989.
Two batches of the Stanier '8F' 2-8-0 were built at Horwich, with Nos 48331-99 rolling off the production line between September 1943 and June 1945, with Nos 48490-5 following in June to August 1945).
The final steam class to appear was the BR Standard '4MT' 2-6-0-19 between December 1952 and July 1953 followed by Nos 76075-99 in December 1956 to November 1957.
A batch of Fowler 4F 0-6-0s Nos 44457-66 was built between March 1928 and July 1928 plus four batches of the Stanier Class 5MT 4-6-8-44717 (December 1948-December 1949) Nos 44783-99 (March 1947-October 1947) Nos 44932-66 (September 1945-August 1946) Nos 44982-99 (September 1946-March 1947).
The Fowler 0-6-0T Nos 47667-81 appeared in April to October 1931, followed by the diminutive Kitson Dock Shunter 0-4-0ST Nos 47005-8 in October 1953 to January 1954.
The film includes footage of 48756's big day at Horwich Works plus other locations in Manchester, Bury, Bolton, Oldham loop line, Copy pit, Rochdale to Todmorden and through to Sowerby Bridge, the line through Diggle and also up to Earby and Skipton.
Morten; Mike Mitchell, Peter Batty, Andy Sparks, Bill Wright, Phil Spencer, John Stoddart, Keith Long, Alex (Mac) Mc Clymont; Dave Salmon; Roy Lambeth..a few words about copyright legislation The term 'labour of love' is an idiom that has become unbearably clichéd with overuse in recent years, but railway photographers deserve such an accolade, because had it not been for a small number of dedicated amateur cameramen a huge amount of our railway heritage would never have been recorded on film.
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By 1907 the Works had produced its thousandth engine, a four-cylinder compound 0-8-0.
Then in 1923, the LYR became part of the LMSR and its irst Chief Mechanical Engineer (1923-1925), George Hughes, was responsible for the design of a 2-6-0 mixed traffic loco, better known among enthusiasts as the 'Horwich Crab'.
Richard adds - 'The Calder Valley and the Copy Pit line were largely ignored by most photographers in the early 1960s but, living as I do in Rochdale, they were on my doorstep.