The LNER was never a wealthy railway, and ever had to make do and mend. Unlike the LMS, which embarked on a programme of wholesale scrapping of pre-group locomotives only a few years old in the interests of “standardisation”, the LNER maintained the best of its inheritance, modernising and in some cases building new examples, some of the excellent machines it had inherited, for sevice far away from the lines for which they were built. The GER 1500 class 4-6-0 (LNER B12) were a case in point.
Aldrich’s book explains how these and other GER locos fared as part of the LNER stock.
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