70013 Oliver Cromwell
70013 Oliver Cromwell
Traditionally, steam engines are enjoyed by Father & Son, so here we are circa 1970, standing by Oliver Cromwell 70013 at Bressingham Gardens. Since 2008, 70013 Oliver Cromwell has been restored to main line condition and can be seen at the Great Central Railway and is operated and run by the 5305 Locomotive Association.

Photo: 70013 Oliver Cromwell © LSA 1970.
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May 22nd 2004, Norfolk By Rail:

"70013 'Oliver Cromwell' has left the Bressingham Steam Museum, [on 21st May by low-loader] heading back to the National Railway Museum in York. This is the first part of her journey back to operational condition. She will be replaced at Bressingham by 'Green Arrow' which is in the final stage of her possible last ever period of operation."


"The locomotive that hauled the very last steam train for British Rail – the legendary ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ on August 11 1968 – is to be returned to working order and the main line 36 years after being retired.

The National Railway Museum’s Britannia class Pacific No 70013 Oliver Cromwell is to be restored to steam by 2008, ready to star in a 40th anniversary celebration of that historic last journey.

Oliver Cromwell will be a star exhibit at the NRM’s Railfest celebration of 200 years of railways between 29 May and 6 June 2004, after which it is expected to move to the Great Central Railway, Leicestershire, for restoration work to begin.

Completion is planned for late 2007 returning Oliver Cromwell to operations at York, the GCR and on the main line. The locomotive will also be available for appearances throughout Britain. Each year Bressingham Steam Museum (where Oliver Cromwell was on display for the last 36 years) will see summer visits from one of a pool of National Railway Museum locomotives, including Oliver Cromwell."

[National Railway Museum press release ]

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