British Railway clas 14xx 0-4-2T steam
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British Railway clas 14xx 0-4-2T steam locomotive at Wootton Basett, Wiltshire, July 1952. This locomotive no 1446 was built as a clas 48xx for the Great Western Railway. This engine was used as a model for the 'Oliver' character in the 'Thomas the Tank Engine' series of children's books written by Reverend W Awdry. The books were later adapted into a succesful television series narrated by former Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr. Photograph by John Rusell- Smith.