J15 65462

The J15 is the M&GN Joint Railway Society's "other" ex-BR steam locomotive. Built by the Great Eastern Railway at Stratford in 1912, it was numbered 564. A total of 189 were built for light to medium goods trains, but it was not uncommon to see a J15 on a local passenger working. 65462 spent most of its life in East Anglia, and was often found working on the "Waveney Valley" line, between Tivetshall and Beccles in Suffolk.

65462 was purchased in 1963 along with B12 61572 by the Society, and went into storage at March before being moved in 1966 to the North Norfolk Railway.

The engine first returned to steam in 1977, and worked for many years between Sheringham and Weybourne. The J15 also hauled the first train from Weybourne to Holt, when the line was reopened in 1989. It was withdrawn from service shortly after.

The J15 returned to steam in 2002 after a 12 year restoration, and completed the "Steam Dream", when the B12 and J15 ran together for the first time in preservation on 30th August 2002.

 

J15 65462

Photo: Benjamin Boggis

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