1450 Didbrook 5 December 1999

14xx 0-4-2T 1450 passes Toddington's up home signal, as it accelerates past Didbrook with the 11:00 Toddington to Winchcombe 'Santa Special' on 5 December 1999. Built in 1935, 1450 spent a lot of its working life in the Oxford area, and was occasionally used on my local line, the Fairford Branch, which closed in 1962. 1450 is certainly the most widely traveled of the four preserved members of the class. 1420 & 1442 have remained in Devon, while 1466 was famously the first locomotive acquired by the Great Western Society in 1964 and now resides at Didcot. 1450 meanwhile has visited a number of preserved railways and even has a mainline ticket.