773044 was one of two self propelled Sentinel steam ash cranes used by the LNER and BR at Scottish MPDs. The other was 773066. They were Sentinel 8157/1929 and 8565/1931 respectively and were renumbered 971575 and 971577 in LNER days before eventually becoming RS1032/1½ and RS1033/1½ (RS = Rail Steam) (reflecting ScR leanings towards the LMSR/LMR crane numbering conventions). 773044 was used at Parkhead, Eastfield and Dundee sheds; and 773066 at St. Margarets, Haymarket, Thornton and Dundee sheds. The crane and jib were built by Coles in Derby, and the chassis, boiler and two engines - one for the crane, the other for propulsion - by Sentinel in Shrewsbury. 773044 was withdrawn in July 1959 and 773066 in November 1959.
[Mike Morant collection]
LNER tank locomotives